This is the heart-warming moment a boy learns he’s leaving the hospital earlier than he expected.
Ari Schultz, exclaims ‘two days!’ when his parents reveal his 187-day stay at the Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts is coming to an end.
Little Ari was admitted after undergoing three open heart surgeries, a transplant and a two-week coma.
‘I want to go to the backyard to practise my golf swing,’ Ari says, when listing what he will do once he arrives home.
He then urges his father Mike to stop recording so they can ‘get back to baseball’.
The video footage ends with Ari hitting a home run in the make-do baseball pitch the family had created in front of the hospital.
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Ari Schultz, shouts ‘two days!’ when his parents reveal he’s going home after his 187-day stay at the Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts
He then tells his father he wants to get back to playing baseball, before he hits a home run – with the help of his mum Erica – in the make-do baseball pitch
Ari – who has now been personally invited by the Boston Red Sox to Fenway Park – was born with a rare congenital heart defect and received a heart transplant on March 3 after 211 days of waiting.
After the surgery, he suffered a cardiac arrest and had to be placed on life support for two weeks.
His parents also recorded the touching moment Ari found out he will receive a new heart and uploaded the footage toYouTube.
His father begins with asking Ari about wanting to go to a baseball game.
He says: ‘Do you want to go to a Red Sox game this season?’
Ari answers in the affirmative.
His father goes on to say that he could actually be able to go to a game because a new heart for the boy – who suffers from hypoplastic left heart syndrome and aortic stenosis, basically meaning he was born with the left side of his heart underdeveloped – has been found.
Ari seems to stare in disbelief as his father tells him his doctors found him a ‘perfect’ match.
Little Ari was at the hospital after undergoing three open heart surgeries, a transplant and a two-week coma
Ari was born with a rare congenital heart defect and received a heart transplant on March 3 after 211 days of waiting. Pictured are his parents Mike and Erica
Ari has now been personally invited by the Boston Red Sox to Fenway Park. He is pictured here with his sister Lexi
Ari’s voice cracks as he exclaims: ‘They found one?’
But the excitement is short-lived as the inquisitive youngster asks when this transplant will occur.
His parents have another surprise for him, though: It will happen quite soon, conceivably the same day.
The operation occurred on March 3, and his new heart starting beating at 11.32pm that night, his family wrote on his website, Echo of Hope.
In an earlie video Ari exclaims, ‘They found one?’, when he’s told he was receiving a new heart
Ari underwent two successful heart operations before he was born after an 18-week ultrasound showed his heart defect
In his spare time, Ari loves Harry Potter and baseball and the Boston Red Sox. In the video, he asks if he will be able to go home soon. It is expected that he will need to remain in the hospital for one to three months following the operation
He asks, pointing more towards his stomach: ‘Are they going to find a good spot to put it?’
His parents direct his finger more towards the area of his chest.
He hopes he will be able to go home soon, but his parents tell him it may take some time for him to get used to the new heart.
Ari is worried that he might need an IV, but his parents tell him he will be under anesthesia, so even if he does need one he will not remember it.
But this poses another problem.
After asking a series of questions about anesthesia, he fearfully asks: ‘Means I won’t remember when we play baseball anymore?’ His parents reassure him that he will only forget the operation.
His parents ask: ‘Are you scared?’
‘Are you excited too?’
‘You know mommy and daddy will be here with you the whole time.’
‘I love you so much.’
Going forward, there are many things he will need to avoid – Advil, tattoos and most of all, Yankees paraphernalia – but his family wrote that ‘the hope is that whatever we see will be manageable, and we’ll keep on keeping on whatever happens’
Ari poses with his father at a baseball game, a pastime he may be able to enjoy again this season following his heart transplant. The video of his reaction to his impending heart transplant has garnered more than 180,000 views
The video, which has been viewed more than 180,000 times since it was uploaded on March 6, ends with the family playing baseball together.
Ari was diagnosed at his 18-week ultrasound with the heart defect and underwent two successful operations before he was born to ensure he would have a four-chamber heart as opposed to a two-chamber one, his family wrote on his website.
After the successful transplant, Ari will spend between one and three more months in the hospital before he can come home.
Risk factors include his body rejecting his new heart, him getting an infection or ‘post transplant lymphoma.’
His family listed some of the things Ari, who loves baseball, Harry Potter and his siblings, will need to avoid.
These include Advil, tattoos, heavy contact sports and – being in a Red Sox family – Yankees paraphernalia.
Considering what comes next, his family wrote: ‘It’s all maybe. Add up all the maybes and we’ll see some of them for sure, but the hope is that whatever we see will be manageable, and we’ll keep on keeping on whatever happens.’