CHICAGO (CBS) — “We got… a heart?”
A cardiologist at Lurie Children’s dressed as Chewbacca to share some good news with Austin Eggleston, a Pontiac boy waiting for a new heart.READ MORE: Along With Chicago FOP, Alderman Wants To Repeal COVID Vaccine Mandate
Austin, 15, was born with three congenital heart defects.
His heart began failing and his medical team determined he would need a heart transplant.READ MORE: Great Uncle Of Laquan McDonald Defends Decision To Support Rahm Emanuel For Ambassador Of Japan
In November of 2017, Austin transferred to Lurie Children’s to help him prepare for the transplant.
He and his cardiologist, Philip Thrush, decided the doctor would dress as Chewbacca to tell Austin a heart had become available.
“I’m super excited,” said Dr. Thrush, as he double high-fived Austin.MORE NEWS: 2 People Arrested Following Incident, 2 Officers Accidentally Shot In Lyons
Austin received his new heart late at night on Saturday, March 17. He is recovering now and doing well.