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Connor Marvin continues path toward recovery

Connor Marvin sits on his hospital bed while Jennifer Gilande, center, talks with he and his parents, Darlene Mitchell (left of Gilande) and Walter "Smitty" Marvin, III, about the medicine that the 16-year old now has to take.

Connor Marvin sits on his hospital bed while Jennifer Gilande, center, talks with he and his parents, Darlene Mitchell (left of Gilande) and Walter "Smitty" Marvin, III, about the medicine that the 16-year old now has to take. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— When Connor Marvin heard from his doctors Wednesday that he would have to wait through the weekend to be released from the hospital, he was visibly upset.

“I want to beat everyone’s time out of here,” Marvin had said a few moments earlier while lying his bed during an interview with the Valley News. “I want to beat Brock’s time out of here. For me, it’s a fun competition.”

Marvin, 16, continued to recover from heart transplant surgery, the same that his brother had gone through 15 months prior at Children’s Hospital of Boston.

Marvin’s room on the eighth floor of the hospital was a revolving door of medical staff, as he spent the day March 8 learning about infectious diseases and the medication that he would have to take, some for the next few months and other for the rest of his life.

He was checked throughout the day by staff members who monitored his vitals, once getting up to be weighed.

He also received the visit from his doctors, who broke the news that he was not going to be released Friday, as he had hoped, advising him that they wanted to make sure he left under the most ideal conditions.

Throughout it all, Connor said there had been plenty of highs and lows in the week that followed his transplant surgery.

“I was able to get up, walk around and go outside yesterday,” Marvin said. “I have got nothing attached to me anymore, and they are going to pull the final pacer wires by Friday.”

“Day two he was up and walking and day three he was out of ICU,” Connor’s father, Walter “Smitty” Marvin, said.

“The biggest issue has been adjusting to the medications and just the pain after the surgery,” Marvin said. “The first couple of days, I could not get up on my own.”

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