Baby Gets New Heart Just Before Turning 3 Months Old, Celebrates Milestone Transplant for Seattle Children’s

SEATTLE’S CHILDREN | Kathryn Meuller

At only 3 months old, Titus Sickles was brought back to life. Today, his family says they have a second birthday to celebrate: the day his new heart started beating for the first time.

“He’s a completely new baby,” said Rena Sickles, Titus’ mother. “He has a second chance at life now.”

In dire need of a new heart, Titus was listed for transplant at only 2 months old. Thirty days later, while Rena and her husband, Andrew, were leaving the hospital to go to dinner, they got a call.

“The call came and I just knew,” said Rena. “I looked at my husband and we just started crying.”

The walk from the parking lot to Titus’ hospital room was the longest walk of their lives. The nurse on the phone simply asked if they could come back to the room, and so as they made the walk back, Rena and Andrew prepared themselves for either heartbreaking or life-changing news.

“I didn’t want to get my hopes up,” said Rena. “I knew if something was wrong I’d know right away because there would be a million doctors and nurses scrambling in and out of the room.” Continue reading