A teen from Lexington, Kentucky, got the best holiday present he could have ever asked for. Marquis Davis, 17, got a new heart and kidney after desperately needing both.
Davis had his transplants about two weeks ago at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, WCPO reported.
Davis was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which means the left side of his heart was underdeveloped.
At just 5 days old, he underwent open-heart surgery and at 3 years old, he had his first heart transplant.
In 2013, when he was 10, his condition suddenly worsened, according to his mother, Sherri Withrow. Davis’s heart stopped in the emergency room. He was revived and flown to Cincinnati where he remained hospitalized for 3.5 months before getting a pacemaker.
Following heart issues, Davis went into kidney failure.
“He never had any kidney problems. When his heart stopped, that’s when the issues started and they just never recovered,” Withrow told the paper.
In 2018, doctors told his family that Davis would need heart and kidney transplants.
He waited for a year and four months to get two new organs.
Davis’ family was called to Cincinnati Children’s about two weeks ago and, after about 17 hours of surgery, Davis received his new heart and kidney.
“It’s the best Christmas gift I could ever get,” said Withrow. “I’m very thankful.”
Davis will spend the holidays and the next 12 or so weeks at the hospital recovering. He plans to walk at graduation next year.