October 10, 2018

Brayden got his heart today.

In this video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHztirA23S8, it introduces Brayden, a boy from Bakersfield with heart failure. His mother said November 2009 the doctors said Brayden wouldn’t live until the summer if he didn’t have a valve replacement. By valve replacement, they mean replacing his aortic valve with an artificial mechanical one. “Following complications from being on life support, doctors said he may never have the energy to walk again.” This video follows Brayden on his first day of school, an amazing milestone which the family didn’t think was possible. After he gets his heart transplant, he wants to go on a cruise, go hiking, run, and play sports. In this video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEpAkWI_49U, it talks about how Brayden is now full time staying at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Most specifically, it talks about one post about how Brayden “wants to get a map of 50 states and get a badge from all 50.” To pass time, they want to collect local police badges while he waits for his heart.

The boy that defied all odds against the doctors, lived to have his heart transplant. At 1 AM, his mom posted a live update on FaceBook saying that his heart had finally come. brayden is supposed to stop eating in one hour, but he doesn’t want to eat now.

Follow his updates on FaceBook.

August 21, 2019 – Brayden Died

Brayden died? Brayden died.

I just heard of his death today. My mom told me in the car. But he didn’t die today, he died on November 7, 2018.

I had to scroll down on his Facebook page, Brayden’s Brave Heart, to find the date of his death, and it broke my heart. 

Even after his death, his Mom posts daily with pictures of Brayden and reminiscing about his time alive. And not only that, Brayden has impacted so many others. Did you know that they found a stone in Hawaii with #BraydensBraveHeart written on it?

I used Brayden in my YouTube video as an example of why you should donate. I made him a prime example of the success of organ donation.

All this time, I’ve been advocating that life will always be better after transplant. I’ve been doing that even though my doctors always emphasized “transplant is a treatment, not a cure.”

Brayden deserves better. He deserved to live.

He’s fought so hard to be alive. Why is life so unfair.

Brayden was always impacting lives. Even after death, he’ll be impacting lives. He’s impacted mine. 🙏