13-year-old receives new heart and with it, a new life

Justice needed a new heart and over the next few months he was in and out of the hospital, while his health was fading fast. (Source: WBRZ/CNN)
Justice needed a new heart and over the next few months he was in and out of the hospital, while his health was fading fast. (Source: WBRZ/CNN)

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WBRZ/CNN) A Louisiana teen near death until a heart transplant six months ago has much to be thankful for this holiday season.

Thanks to the kindness of a grieving family, Justice Baham has a new heart and a new life.

Helen Baham, Justice's mom, chokes back tears when she reads a letter about the little boy whose parents donated a heart to her son.

"Christopher is 11-years-old," Baham read. "Christopher loved to run and play and most of his time was spent climbing trees or on his bike."

Justice Baham, 13, was a seemingly healthy teen until he developed a cough earlier this year. When he began breathing heavy, his mom decided to take him to the hospital.

She asked the doctor's to X-ray her son, and results showed an enlarged heart.

"I heard someone say, a nurse, 'Man you should see that heart,' just in a way that it was so big that they didn't think that he was going to survive," Helen Baham said.

Over the next few months, he was in and out of the hospital, while his health was fading fast.

The once healthy teen weighed only 50 pounds. The pump that was keeping him alive nearly failed because of a blood clot. But after months of waiting, the family's prayers were answered.

"Then she said, 'We got a heart, we got a heart' and then we all started crying," Justice Baham said.

The surgery was a success and now, more than six months later, Justice is back outside playing with his brothers for the first time.

Justice and his family hope to meet the family of the boy who helped him live.

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