Maggie will be 19 in a couple of weeks. In those 19 years, I have been fortunate enough to learn what amazing things happen in children's hospitals. Maggie was born with body parts disconnected or connected incorrectly, with some things missing and with duplicates of others. Little by little, step by step, the doctors fixed what then could and improvised elsewhere. A generation earlier she wouldn't have lived a single day and now she is about to graduate from high school. It is truly miraculous.
These miracles happen ever day in children's hospitals all over the country. Perhaps they seem somewhat less miraculous as they become routine. But the miracles continue every day, even if the awe has diminished.
One such miracle happened last night. Maggie's friend Justin received his lung transplant. Think about that: A LUNG TRANSPLANT. Talk about miraculous!
Through the wonders of social media and the generosity of his parents, I know that he is out of surgery and likely back in the ICU as I write this. He still has a long road to recovery, of course, but the surgery is done and went well.
Please send prayers/good vibes for Justin and his family. Include the family of the donor as well because in order for this miracle to happen, someone had to lose their life.
Godspeed Justin. You have received the greatest gift imaginable. Get better and enjoy it!
This picture is part of a big facebook movement to get shoutouts to Justin from all over the place. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in. If you want to send him your good wishes email a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to shoutoutjustin on facebook.