Ari’s life has been a never ending battle with severe health issues. The extended account of his experience can be found on the website, Echo of Hope, a blog run by the Schultz family. Even before he was born he was diagnosed with a “critical aortic stenosis and evolving hypoplastic left heart syndrome.”
Though still just a child, Ari Schultz has received 20+ surgeries and medical procedures.
But as time passed it became increasingly evident that a heart transplant was needed. Nearing the end of 2016, Ari Schultz was admitted to the Boston Children’s Hospital to wait, hope and prepare for a heart transplant. After several months of patient prayers, the Schultz family finally got some fantastic news. A new heart was available for Ari. Wishing to preserve the moment, Ari’s family recorded his reaction to hearing the exciting news in a video. Fortunately for us they decided to share the event by posting the video to Facebook.
The video went viral almost immediately. Little wonder, Ari with his baseball bat in hand could not contain his excitement. Over 1.4 million viewers have shared the joy of his announcement. What’s more, the story has been picked up by many major media outlets, and has also been posted to the family’s GoFundMe page.
Since the surgery the family reported that it was a success but that Ari wasn’t out of the woods yet.
On March 8 Ari’s father Mike Schultz went on to give an update on Ari’s current condition and what the future holds for him post-transplant.
In an interview Mike spoke to Your Daily Dish about the overwhelming response to the video. “We are so appreciative of all the support he has received from people around the world rooting for him. And if even one more person registers to be an organ donor as a result of the video’s popularity we’ll be very happy.”
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