By writer to www.boston25news.com
ORLANDO, Fla. — A Worcester boy who acquired a coronary heart transplant final yr lastly met the household of the little boy who gave him the present of life. Carlos Rolon, Jr., 7, traveled to Orlando, Fla. along with his household and met the household of Sean Michael Bridges-Rivera, a 6-year-old boy who misplaced his life in a March 2020 automotive accident.
“He’s a hero,” Carlos stated of the perfect good friend he by no means met.
“I let some tears out,” Carlos’s mom, Sheena Cossette, stated of the emotional assembly. “I always considered today and what I might say and what I might do, and none of that was related.”
Sean’s mom, Giselle Rivera, used a transportable coronary heart monitor Sunday to hearken to her son’s heartbeat in Carlos’s chest. Witnessing her tragedy change into one other’s miracle has been overwhelmingly emotional.
“It’s bittersweet as a result of it price me every part,” Rivera stated. “I need [Carlos] to be every part his coronary heart wishes and extra.”
The 2 households met at Judah Church the place Clint Brown is presiding pastor. Brown had helped information Rivera by way of the choice of organ donation.
“I simply can not imagine how a lot, after I noticed Carlos, I simply noticed Sean,” Brown stated of the boys who had been each six on the time of the transplant. “They simply resemble one another. The power is identical, their little expressions are the identical.”
Born with a coronary heart defect, Carlos had waited greater than 4 years on the transplant checklist, spending eight months straight in Boston Youngsters’s Hospital. Final yr, his household acquired the decision that they had lengthy been awaiting: a coronary heart was arriving from Florida – 1,300 miles away – and Carlos can be the recipient.
As we speak, Carlos is stronger than ever, and his dad and mom are ceaselessly grateful.
“For [Rivera], it’s like Sean Michael nonetheless lives on,” Cossette stated. “However she will be able to additionally see the appreciation we’ve got for giving Carlos a second probability at life.”
Sean’s household has welcomed Carlos and his household as their very own, spending hours collectively throughout their time in Florida and promising they may by no means lose contact.
“I can’t thank them sufficient. They gave the perfect factor that ever occurred to me a second probability at life,” Carlos’s father, Carlos Rolon Sr., added. “I feel the best job I ever had was being a dad, and I get to proceed that job of mine till the day I cross away. They gave me that chance to make that occur, and I’m tremendous grateful for it.”
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