Tiny Heart Transplant Recipient Saved by Gift of Life


WESTERN KENTUCKY (12/20/16) — This time of year, the toy stores are crammed with loving parents, aunts and uncles and grandparents trying to find the perfect gift for their favorite little ones.

It wasn’t long ago that James’ mom was praying she would have her son long enough to make holiday memories.

“James was born with a congenital heart defect that was very complex,” said James’ mother, Brittney Adkins. “They didn't know if he'd even make it to birth. Thankfully, he was born on Aug. 24, 2015 and came out crying!”

James’ journey was just beginning. “They sent him to the NICU where he would later go into cardiac arrest. That's when the doctors decided his best option was a heart transplant. We waited and watched our baby boy lie in his bed with tubes and wires covering his tiny body,” his mom explains.

For weeks, they waited and wondered if James would receive his gift of life. Continue reading