Jordon Hensley returns home in time for Christmas

By: Mike McCarthy
By: Mike McCarthy

Kingston (WVLT) - We've been following this story for more than a month. Now, as your family heads home for christmas, so does 12-year-old Jordon Hensley.

She's alive thanks to the heart she received from 12-year-old Ashley Paine. Ashley died last month after a school bus accident in Oak Ridge.

Volunteer TV's Mike McCarthy was there as Jordon came home.

Jordon's mom says Jordon danced out of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center on November 21st. Friday, they screamed with joy when doctors gave them the thumbs up to come. For a girl who used to only be able to run a few feet before getting out of breath, Jordon can barely sit still.

"You're going to get hours of this because I'm just going to keep doing it," Jordon said.

Jordon Hensley jumps for joy.

"I was doing that in the car too. I hit my head on the ceiling of the car, when I got out," Jordon said.

Bounces once too big for her problematic heart.

"I have more energy now then I ever had in my entire life," Jordon said.

"It's like being born again. She's getting to start life and really enjoy it," Jordon's mother, Jessica Hensley, said.

Friday, the 12-year-old's back home in Kingston after three months in hospital beds.

"There was a time in the beginning we weren't sure she'd come home. It was scary," Jordon's father, Phil Hensley, said.

Confined to IV's and machines..

"It's awful. It's been so hard," Jessica said.

....by her heart condition called congenitally corrected transposition.

"Everything was on the right side, it was just reversed," Jessica said.

She's home and alive thanks to 12-year-old Ashley Paine. Jordon got her heart after Ashley was hit by school bus in Oak Ridge.

"I want to meet her parents and just tell them thank you," Jordon said.

Out of the hospital, her lowered immune system means life's full of "can'ts."

"I can't go out in public. I can't pet kittens, I can't touch kids, just really be in contact with anybody," Jordon said.

But also never before "cans."

"I think I can do stuff now and can actually run and not get tired in two seconds," Jordon said.

An early Christmas present brings back her competitive spirit.

"This Christmas is going to be the best Christmas ever," Jessica said.

Because for the second time.

"I'm just going to live my life Just try to be a normal kid," Jordon said.

Jordon's received the gift of life.

Jordon can interact with friends outside, but not inside any building. The Hensley's have had to stock up on cleaning wipes and disinfectants to keep Jordon germ-free.

If all goes well, she'll be back in school in March.

She still has to make weekly trips to Nashville for check-ups.

Ashley Paine's birthday is this month. The Hensley's say they'll celebrate it this year and every year.


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