Bay area family makes public plea after boy, 3, dies waiting for heart transplant

WFLA | Paul Meuller

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A Tampa Bay area boy’s family is making a plea to the public to help save children’s lives.

Kolton Hessman, 3, was born with his heart on the wrong side of his body and a rare condition that caused more than half a dozen heart defects. He needed a heart transplant, but his little body gave out as he waited for a donor, and he died on January 25.

Now Kolton’s family is doing all they can to make sure other families won’t have to experience the same pain and heartbreak they’ve faced.

“First time ever he shook his head…” said his father, Grant Hessman, as he burst into tears recalling his son’s final moments. It was the first and last time Kolton would shake his head. He was ready to let go.

Hessman continued weeping as he tried to tell his son’s story. As he regained composure, he told News Channel 8 that every day for six months, Kolton’s mom would ask her son if he wanted to see God, and in January, he did.

The family said doctors used advances in Bluetooth technology to help preserve his memory. Continue reading


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