World News: Incredible moment Star Wars fan, 15, is surprised with a new heart by surgeon dressed as CHEWBACCA

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A DESPERATELY ill teen Star Wars fan in Chicago jumped for joy when his surgeon surprised him with a new heart, while dressed as Chewbacca.

Austin Eggleston, 15, was born with three congenital heart defects and had already endured underwent five open heart-surgeries and gone through four pacemakers before doctors told him a new heart was his only chance of survival.

Dr Philip Thrush dressed up as Chewbacca to surprise his patient with a new heart

The Star Wars fan then had to wait for four months for the possibility of a new heart.

Then a familiar figure appeared in the boy’s room on March 17.

Promising to deliver the good news dressed as Chewbacca, Austin’s surgeon, Dr Philip Thrush, can be heard ‘growling’ as he pokes his head through the door of the teenager’s ward.

First taken aback by the presence of the iconic character, suddenly his surgeon’s promise dawns on him, as he exclaims ‘Holly balls’, before erupting into a victory dance and flinging himself into Philip’s arms.

Austin Eggleston was born with three congenital heart defects
Austin broke out into a victory dance on hearing the good news
Austin is now back home and recovering well
Austin had already endured five heart operations

Austin’s mother, Mary Anglin, said: “Waiting for a new heart was sometimes extremely hard both mentally and emotionally.

“We had some deep, dark conversations.

“At the age of 15 you understand what’s going on.”

Undergoing the surgery on March 20, Austin was discharged two weeks later and is recovering well at home.

Julie Pesch, a spokesperson for Lurie’s Children’s Hospital of Chicago, said: “Austin was placed on a heart-transplant list four-months-ago.

“As promised, Dr. Thrush arrived dressed as Chewbacca to tell Austin they’d found a donor.

“The transplant was successful and now Austin hopes to return to school and resume life as normal.

“As normal as it can be, since he said ’90 percent of the world has now seen me in my boxers’.

“Austin and his family are forever grateful to the donor family who gifted Austin life and hopes his story brings awareness to encourage others to become organ donors.”

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