14-year-old making 'great' strides

THE NEWS-GAZETTE | Debra Pressey
Photo by: Robin Scholz/The News-Gazette
Nate Wells of Fairland head to the dugout as his dad Jim heads to the bleachers to watch Nate's baseball game at Richman Park in Villa Grove on Monday, June 26, 2017.
FAIRLAND — Introducing Villa Grove Savages right fielder Nate Wells.

At 14, he's playing baseball for the first time in his life, thanks to his new heart.

And he's not planning to stop at baseball, he says. When he gets to eighth grade this fall, he hopes to play soccer and basketball, too.

Being able to run and play sports is what this oldest son of Karen and Jim Wells of Fairland has been longing for — pretty much always.

Born with a critical heart defect, he spent his growing up years getting one surgery after another, but still had a heart that couldn't take the stress and strain of a sprint. At least not till he underwent heart transplant surgery this past November. Continue reading

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