Manhasset, NY (CBSNewYork) — A gift of gratitude just before Thanksgiving.
The youngest heart transplant recipient on Long Island provided a big thank you to everyone involved in regaining his life on Tuesday, CBS2’s Vanessa Murdoch reported.
“My life just turned my head over,” said 19-year-old Frankie England.
From 15 hours of dance a day, the UK has been waiting in hospital beds for heart transplants.
“I was given a second chance, and I am, so I am very grateful for it,” England said.
Britain got sick in the spring and no one could understand why. During the summer he underwent gallbladder surgery. He said it was a miracle he survived. Then, just three weeks later, doctors admitted him to Sandra Atlas Bath Heart Hospital for heart failure.
“He eventually needed a small heart pump placed through his legs to support his circulation to keep him alive,” said cardiologist Dr. Simon Maybaum.
England waited for a suitable donor for five weeks.
“There are two options, either sitting here to be sad or getting stronger and overcoming this, or choosing option 2,” England said. “I knew in my heart when I was born that I could overcome it.”
Now he has an “angel’s heart” in his body in his own words.
“I say good morning to him every day,” England said. “We are participating in this together. I am not alone.”
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On Tuesday, less than a week after leaving the hospital, Britain and his family thanked him for returning to the hospital.
“Now I am very grateful for the little things that I can wake up, get up and brush my teeth and walk alone in the living room,” said England.
“You returned the princess to us. I am forever grateful for it,” mother Deidre England told the doctor.
The medical team acknowledges Frankie’s unique spirit and positive attitude towards this success story.
“He really motivated us. We work for him,” said Dr. Saeed Hussein, his doctor.
England is back in normal life, stripping off dance shoes and preparing for a big comeback.
Britain needs regular heart biopsies and will continue to take medication to prevent his body from rejecting his “angel’s heart”.
Long Island Dancer thanks to the “Angels Heart” transplant and to the team at Sandra Atlas Bath Hospital – CBS New York
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