Patient Success Story: Liam's Big Gift!
On September 30, 2015 Jessica and Laramy took their young son Liam to his physician because he had a cough. But they soon learned his health condition was very serious.
Liam was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy (an enlarged heart). He was rushed by ambulance from Poplar Bluff to SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital immediately. When he arrived he went into cardiac arrest and suffered a stroke. Jessica was terrified, but knew Liam was in the good hands of SLUCare physicians, nurses and staff at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon.
Once Liam was stabilized, his health care team met with Jessica and Laramy and told them his heart was too weak and he would need a transplant. Jessica was shocked that her, “baby needed a new heart.” But she also found comfort, “because we knew God had a plan for Liam.” They prayed every single day for God to be with Liam and protect him.
After several months of waiting, Liam received a successful transplant on Christmas Day. Altogether, he spent six months in the hospital with his family (from Poplar Bluff, Mo) always by his side. His big brother Riley, now 6-years old, was a trooper supporting his little brother and today Liam enjoys chasing him around outside. Liam is also a big brother to Elijah, now almost 2-years old. When Liam was in the hospital Jessica was pregnant and just one week after he was transferred from the hospital to live at the Mid America Transplant apartments little brother Elijah arrived!
Liam is a stronger, happier and healthier boy now. In addition to his heart transplant, he’s worked really hard to recover from his stroke through occupational, speech and physical therapy. All of which he’s still receiving today. Liam, now almost 4-years old, had to completely relearn how to walk and talk. But he doesn’t let any of that get him down.
You’ll usually catch Liam laughing and playing with his brothers. And as parents Jessica and Laramy watch over all three of their boys, they couldn’t feel more blessed.
Today, Liam can proudly say, “My match is my hero, he saved my life.”