5-year-old boy waiting for heart transplant at Children's Hospital has fighting spirit

5-year-old boy waiting for heart transplant at Children's Hospital has fighting spirit (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A local mom has a special request for this Valentine’s Day Eve. She needs prayers and support for her young son, who is in need of a heart transplant.

If you ask the team at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, they will tell you all of their patients are special, but one little boy has really captured their hearts thanks to his “never give up” spirit.

No matter the challenges, Tia Wilson says she can't imagine a day without her son Gavin, who is now five

“No, I can't that's my heart I love him, he's like everything that I could ask for… everything,” said Tia.

Gavin was born with one side of his heart not working.

“It was smaller than usual and he only had one pumping chamber instead of the usual two that would pump out to his body,” said Dr. Chet Villa, a heart transplant and ventricular assist specialist.

So now, a “ventricular assist device” does the work of Gavin’s heart while he's waiting for a transplant.

He's now the longest waiting patient for a heart there at the hospital. His family recently launched a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses and his mom is asking mostly for prayers.

“We definitely need support and prayers. It's the best thing for us, it's the best gift it's free and it only takes a couple minutes out of your day,” said Tia.

What's most remarkable, mom says, is that his spirit has touched so many at the hospital and she can’t wait to see what he's going to do next.

“I think when you see Gavin’s face on the other side the team here wants to do everything they can to help him,” said Tia. “It amazes me how every time he has a surgery or a procedure or a traumatic event he pops right back and it's like nothing ever happened. He's a strong boy.”

This story is also a reminder of the importance of checking “yes” on your driver’s license for organ donation and tell your family your wishes.

The device Gavin has in his heart right now is the only pump approved for children, but it's not a long-term solution.

You can find a link to the GoFundMe here.

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