Lancaster County boy has much to be thankful for after multi-organ transplant

WHTM | ABC 27 | Mark Hull


LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Tony Forte was diagnosed at six days old with a rare disease that effects the digestive system.

He has never lived a normal life, but things are looking up after receiving a multi-organ transplant back in late August.

Forte says he is grateful for a chance at a normal life.

“I am thankful for a new life,” said Forte. “I am grateful for the new things that I can do, and I am thankful for the new organs that I have got.”

Tony received the organs after a 12-year-old boy died the day before he flew down to Miami for the transplant surgery. Tony says he does not know much about the boy.

“I know he was about my age,” said Forte. “I know we had the same blood type.”

Tony says that he will never drink or smoke when he gets older because he made a promise to take care of his new organs in honor of the boy who passed away.

Tony says this Thanksgiving will be much different compared to years past. Continue reading
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