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. Henry is now HOME! And celebrated his first Birthday!!! WCCO Report to Watch his Update 5.17.17 Update from mom, Mollie: After two open heart surgeries and 10 long months in the hospital Henry was finally able to come home for the first time. We have been home for just over 2 months now and we are loving every second of it. Henry has been making great strides since coming home and we are so excited to see what God has in store for our little guy.
February 2018: Mollie shares great news: We are almost approaching the one year mark since bringing our sweet boy home for the very first time. In that one year he has come SO far! He is now a very happy, active little boy who enjoys the freedom of cruising around the entire house; getting into everything in sight. He has the new nickname of "Hurricane Henry!" Overall Henry is doing really well. It's so crazy to think in just a few short months we will be celebrating his 2nd birthday! God is so good! And we are so thankful. Our family feels that our faith in God, along with the wonderful medical teams, and a family who chose organ donation during their darkest hours, are what makes a miracle out of our baby boy. Follow along on Henry's journey at: http://www.facebook.com/hopeforhenrysheart