Tampa boy who wasn't supposed to survive birth, now celebrating 2 year anniversary of transplant

Posted at 3:42 PM, Jun 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-28 02:52:14-04

The family was told that Jack Saville would probably never make it past birth. Now, Jack is 11 years old and celebrating his two year anniversary since he received a heart transplant.

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Mary Saville, Jack's mom, says things are going extremely well with Jack.  He graduated from the fourth grade this year. The last week of school Jack said it was the first time he had attended a real end of the school year.  When it came time to show the class montage of photos, Jack broke down and wept.  He said to his teacher, "That moment when you realize you have so many memories in fourth grade!"

Jack still has to see his doctors often and still takes medicine three times a day. In any given day he can take close to 40 pills. 

The best news is Jack can now wrestle with his siblings, run and swim!  Although they still have to make extra trips to the hospital if he gets a cold or a fever, generally Jack is given antibiotics or medicine and sent home, instead of staying at the hospital.

Jack will always need extra interventions like occupational therapy, because of delays to his developmental and neurologic system because of all of the medications and anti-rejection treatments. 

Thankfully, Jack is thriving, but according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, there are 3,950 individuals waiting for a transplant.

For more information on Jack and his road to recovery, search for his page on Facebook at A Heart For Jack.