Hope for Henry Thanks to WCCO News - Jeff Wagner Reporting
Eight-month-old, Henry Dolan of Annandale, was born premature. His story as reported by, Jeff Wagner at WCCO-TV, inspired Because I Can to reach out to his mother. Mollie graciously accepted our invitation to feature Henry’s story of hope.
Henry’s journey, since birth, has captivated the attention of many as he continues to defy the odds. He was given a two-percent chance of survival, born at 28 weeks with two serious heart defects. Doctors told the family that his first week of life would go smooth, but by the next week, he probably wouldn’t still be here. Henry was a fighter though, and getting stronger each day, but his heart was struggling to keep up.
What followed was his first open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. Right after surgery, Henry went into cardiac arrest and ended up on ECMO, a machine that does the work of your heart and lungs. His heart weakened, Henry then received a heart transplant. The first month was difficult for him and his family, but they were all fighting together and not about to give up. Mollie shared - “Even when you feel like there’s nothing left, there’s always hope.”
Mollie and her husband, Sam, are encouraged by all of the support they are receiving from strangers and neighbors. Henry’s Hope on Facebook now has over 18,000 Likes. Plus, Henry’s grandfather, Skip Dolan who coaches Annandale High School boy’s basketball, has Henry as an honorary teammate this year. He holds the #13 jersey. The parents feel their faith in God, along with their wonderful medical teams are what makes a miracle out of their baby boy. Mollie chose “Because I Can……Give Hope to Others” as Henry’s Because I Can Statement. Our Featured Product: 4Henry's Heart Pullover was stitched in Green, his favorite color and the supporting color for organ donation. Online sales proceeds benefited Enduring Hearts -a non-profit organization whose mission is to fund research to increase the longevity of pediatric heart transplants and improve the quality of life for transplant recipients. 2019 Update - How's Henry Doing: Henry has been doing so good! He has come so far in this past year. He is a chatterbox and often pretends he is talking on the phone with someone by putting up anything that resembles a phone to his ear. Some of his favorite things are horses, balls, tractors, cars and he has such a passion for music. Henry brings so much joy to our family and continues to amaze us with his resiliency to get through anything that is thrown his way. His beautiful borrowed heart continues to beat strong, and we continue to be so thankful for each day. Life is such a gift.