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Connor Marvin receives heart transplant

ELCS student gets transplant surgery 15 months after older brother

Connor Marvin of Elizabethtown underwent heart transplant surgery starting at around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 1.

Connor Marvin of Elizabethtown underwent heart transplant surgery starting at around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 1.

— For the second time in just over a year, a local family has reason to be grateful for the gift of organ donation.

At around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 1, Elizabethtown-Lewis student Connor Marvin, 16, underwent heart transplant surgery at the Boston Children’s Hospital. His older brother, Brock, had undergone the same procedure at the same hospital Dec. 11, 2010.

“He had a successful surgery during the night and it was a good operation,” Connor’s father, Walter “Smitty” Marvin III, said. “Obviously, you are nervous with what your son and you are about to go through, but he is now recovering and it’s good knowing that he is well over the hump and on his way to being as strong as his brother is.”

Marvin has been spending time in an apartment while Connor has been at the hospital, something that he also did with Brock.

Denny Mitchell, Connor’s stepfather, spoke on behalf of himself and Connor’s mother, Darlene.

“She’s very happy right now,” Mitchell said. “We were on pins and needles for every phone call because you were hopeful. Then, Connor called us last night to tell his mom that it was happening, and we drove all the way down in four-wheel drive to get here.”

Mitchell described Connor as, “anxious” to get the surgery started when they arrived at the hospital. He was even more tense when the scheduled midnight operation time was pushed back over four hours.

“We got the call that the operation was going to happen around 11:30 a.m.,” Smitty said. “We thought that the operation was going to happen around midnight, but as we have found out, the time table on something like this can get pushed back, and we went down about 4:30 a.m.”

Marvin said this was the third time that they were informed of a potential heart that would match Connor.

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