Durant family celebrating one year after baby receives heart donation

DURANT, Okla. (KXII) -- This Valentine's day, one Texoma family is thankful for the gift of life.

Valentine's Day last year was just a normal day for the Sullivan family.

"We were all at the hospital because it was the weekend it was a Sunday and my wife had matching outfits for all three of them and we were taking pictures."

But Jordan Sullivan says that all changed after his wife, Angie got a call from their transplant coordinator telling them there was a new heart for Baby Blair.

"She was like, 'hold on one second, let me put you on speaker phone. What did you say again?' And we had to make her repeat it again probably two or three times because we were in disbelief," Jordan said.

Baby Blair was born with a congenital heart defect.

A heart transplant was her only chance at a normal life.

Her parents didn't know if she'd survive, until they got the call on Valentine's Day 2016.

"It brings a lot of emotions I mean you're happy and you're sad and you're scared at the same time because its still a very risky surgery and it's still a sad time for another family," Angie said.

Baby Blair got her heart the very next day.

"It's a gift that I tell my wife that I'll never be able to beat," Jordan said.

Blair is now 17 months old. She's learning to speak and crawl.

The family say this one year anniversary is extremely special to them.

"We're going to spend a lot of time together and just enjoy life. It's kinda what we do everyday, honestly. We kind of celebrate everyday," Angie said.

And now that the family has experienced this gift, they try to speak out about how an organ donation could help others.

"Donating organs can save up to 7 or 8 people's lives," Angie said.



 
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