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.
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 boyâs room on March 17.
Promising to deliver the good news dressed as Chewbacca, Austinâs surgeon, Dr Philip Thrush, can be heard âgrowlingâ as he pokes his head through the door of the teenagerâs ward.
First taken aback by the presence of the iconic character, suddenly his surgeonâs promise dawns on him, as he exclaims âHolly ballsâ, before erupting into a victory dance and flinging himself into Philipâs arms.
Austinâs mother, Mary Anglin, said: âWaiting for a new heart was sometimes extremely hard both mentally and emotionally.
âWe had some deep, dark conversations.
âAt the age of 15 you understand whatâs going on.â
Undergoing the surgery on March 20, Austin was discharged two weeks later and is recovering well at home.
Julie Pesch, a spokesperson for Lurieâs Childrenâs Hospital of Chicago, said: âAustin was placed on a heart-transplant list four-months-ago.
âAs promised, Dr. Thrush arrived dressed as Chewbacca to tell Austin theyâd found a donor.
âThe transplant was successful and now Austin hopes to return to school and resume life as normal.
âAs normal as it can be, since he said â90 percent of the world has now seen me in my boxersâ.
âAustin 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.â
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