A Day To Remember

I honestly don’t even know how to put today in words, so let me start at the beginning.  There is a very special little boy in Northwest Arkansas named Leighton.  His journey was read and shared by thousands as his parents documented his story on CaringBridge and his story was also featured in Peekaboo Magazine.  I fully encourage you to get comfortable, grab a big box of tissues, and read about Leighton on the CaringBridge site, however if you can’t, I’d like to share a little bit about him and what made this day so special.  Leighton was born premature and with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS).  Having HLHS causes many problems on its own, and being a preemie only added to this.  Leighton is quite the fighter and pulled through, however his heart was failing and he ended up needing a new heart.  On February 5th, 2009, sweet baby Omar gained his wings.  Omar’s family decided to donate his organs and because of that choice, Leighton got a chance to live.  Today, Omar’s dad got to meet Leighton and see and hear his son’s heart beating in Leighton’s chest.  It was very emotional and I cried all the way home from the hospital.  It was an absolutely beautiful moment and I wanted to share it with all of you.  I hope this sweet moment warms your heart tonight.

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