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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.

— “They wanted the perfect, right one, so they waved the first two off,” Marvin said. “You get nervous because the hospital here only does 12-16 heart transplants a year, and they just waved off two, but the doctors are saying that this heart is a great match, and it is strong.”

Family and friends had been tracking Connor’s developing story on Facebook, where both he and his father left updates.

At about 1 a.m., Connor posted the following message of Facebook:

“Thanks for all the love guys! I'll do great and pull through for all of you... No one has to worry though cause I've got this one. For my friends, family, supporters..., this one’s for you.”

Seven hours later, his father sent out this message:

“That's it. We have a heartbeat. We are on our way. Look out world my boys are back!”

“He is in ICU and the surgeon said that the heart is very strong,” Mitchell said. “He told us that everything turned out okay.”

Marvin has been at the Boston Children’s Hospital through all of 2012 and into last year, when he returned for a brief visit home during the holidays, awaiting a heart transplant needed due to familial dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition that was also the catalyst behind his brother’s transplant surgery in 2010.

“Can you imagine,” Mitchell said about the families ordeal of double heart transplant surgeries. “It just doesn’t seem possible. It certainly has been stressful on Darlene and all of us, and Connor’s heart was expanding and getting worse. He was in the hospital for so long, he was ready for this.”

Smitty Marvin said he spent part of the morning reflecting on what will soon be four years of dealing with the challenges of the health issue his two sons were facing.

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