FOR KIDS WAITING FOR HEART TRANSPLANTS EACH DAY IS A GIFT, BUT AS THEY WAIT, EACH DAY COULD ALSO BE THEIR LAST.
NOW, A NEW VERSION OF A DEVICE THAT HELPED A POWERFUL POLITICIAN IS GIVING KIDS MORE TIME.
WHEN YOU'RE ONLY THREE AND HAVE FOUR BIG BROTHERS.
YOU PRACTICALLY HAVE TO BECOME A SUPER HERO TO SURVIVE. AND LITTLE CHARLIE MCMICKEN IS CHANNELING ALL THE SUPER STRENGTH HE CAN TO WARD OFF A DEADLY FOE.
"He started not eating, throwing up, crying non-stop."
SHORTLY AFTER HE WAS BORN, CHARLIE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CARDIOMYOPATHY.
"He was born with a condition where his muscle cells are not normal. He wasn't able to run around and eventually, it got bad enough where he wasn't able to eat. It was scary seeing him. "
BUT THIS IS CHANGING EVERYTHING FOR CHARLIE.
IT'S THE PEDIATRIC BERLIN HEART, A SIMILAR BUT SMALLER VERSION OF A DEVICE THAT HELPED FORMER VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY WHEN HIS HEART WAS FAILING. IN CHILDREN, IT SITS OUTSIDE THE BODY AND IS CONNECTED TO THE HEART BY MULTIPLE TUBES. THE DEVICE PUMPS BLOOD TO VITAL ORGANS, HELPING THE FAILING HEART.
"Everything was better quite quickly."
AUGUST MARKS CHARLIES ELEVENTH MONTH IN THE CLEVELAND CLINIC. FOR 6 MONTHS HE'S BEEN TETHERED TO HIS LIFE LINE.
"If we didn't have that, we wouldn't be here. I mean it saved his life."
BUT THIS IS ONLY A TEMPORARY FIX. CHARLIE WILL NEED A HEART TRANSPLANT TO SURVIVE AND BE BACK WITH HIS BROTHERS WHERE HE BELONGS.
"I can't wait to go home and throw the baseball with him."
"I wanna go swimming in the pool with him."
"I wanna have a huge party and celebrate him coming back. I've missed him so much."
WITH THE HELP OF A DONOR, THIS SUPER LITTLE GUY, WILL BE HOME SOON.
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