Local teen, football player awaiting heart transplant gets birthday surprise

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) – “Celebrating a bit totally different this yr” appears to be the phrase that many people have been utilizing for some time now.

That was the case for one native teenager who acquired a giant shock for his 16th birthday. Cohen Doyal is a pupil and soccer participant at Alexandria Senior Excessive Faculty. He was not too long ago recognized with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, a illness of the guts muscle.

Cohen and his dad not too long ago moved to New Orleans, briefly, whereas he’s being handled and ready for a coronary heart transplant, however due to Hurricane Ida, they’ve needed to come again to central Louisiana for the primary time in 5 months. His household and pals needed to rejoice his return residence and his upcoming birthday. Collectively, they deliberate a parade that might drive by his home. Cohen’s household, pals, and supporters drove by his residence in a parade with “Get Properly” and “Comfortable Birthday” indicators as he watched from his driveway.

His mother and father, Calem and Billy, say they’re humbled by the effort and time taken to brighten Cohen’s day. “I imply if it’s only a minute to drive by. What it means to us, what it means to him, each little little bit of brightness in his day means quite a bit to all of us and even him. Very grateful,” they stated.

He and his dad can be heading again to New Orleans as soon as they get the “all-clear”. Cohen is on a transplant checklist, however ready for a donor match right now. And he’s hoping to be again on the soccer discipline subsequent yr.

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