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.
continued During the conversation, a 4-year old girl rode past Connor’s door on a tricycle. He explained that she, too, had just received a heart transplant.
“She’s really strong,” he said. “To see someone who is that young go through the same thing and come out perfect was inspiring.”
Connor also said the staff had become a strong support.
“The nurses become family and the doctors will come in an hang out a while,” he said.
“He has been a great patient and both boys and the family have just been great,” Heather Bastardi, a heart transplant coordinator at the hospital, said. “It is not common at all for this type of situation to happen, and it has been great to watch both of their stories unfold. They definitely have different personalities, and their parents have been great through all of the difficulties that they and the kids are dealing with.”