Second Roane County Child Receives Heart Transplant

Nashville (WVLT) -- There are now two young Roane County children who've received heart transplants.

Mason Kade Kelley, 10 of Rockwood was in critical but stable condition Thursday evening at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville.

Mason’s doctors say they are expecting a full recovery.

He has already started drinking fluids and his parents say getting a heart has been a tremendous weight lifted off their shoulders.

Mason loves being out doors.

"We like to go camping and fishing,” said Jack Kelley, Mason’s father. “We love to go fishing together."

They can fish a lot more, now thanks to his new heart.

"We are very relieved, like a ton of bricks have been lifted off our shoulders," Jack said.

In January, after having chest pains, doctors diagnosed Mason with a restricted cardiomyapathy, a condition that meant the walls of his heart were hardening.

He waited 10 months, finally having a heart donated and placed in his body.

"I'm grateful for the family that did donate, because this was his only option,” said Brooke Kelley, Mason’s mother. “There was nothing else that could be done."

Mason is the second Roane County child in a month to get a heart transplant.

"I think it’s a miracle,” said Dr. David Bichell, Mason’s doctor, “a miracle, God bless those children."

In early November, Jordon Hensley received a heart from a girl who died in a school bus accident.

"There are children, a half dozen or so on a waiting list,” said Dr. Bichell. “They could wait six days, a month, or a year in heart failure."

Now Mason is off that list thanks to organ donations.

Mason turns 11 on December 28th and his parents say he is looking forward to more exercise as he continues to recover.

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