For 211 days, five-year-old Ari Schultz waited for a new heart.
Ari suffers from congestive heart failure. He’s only five, but has already had three open heart surgeries.
But in the video below, after nearly a year of waiting, Ari’s parents decided to share some very special news with him.
His dad made sure to capture the boy’s reaction and then posted the video to Facebook, where it moved over a million people.
Ari stayed at the Boston Children’s Hospital waiting for the new heart, and there his parents broke the news that a compatible one had finally been located!
Ari swung his baseball bat around — he’s a huge Boston Red Sox fan — when his dad told him the possibility of going to see a game this season had increased.
Ari quickly became excited, but when his parents dropped the bombshell, you can see his young face go through a variety of emotions almost all once!
He went from shock, to fear, to curiosity, and to happiness within a matter of seconds!
As the video goes along, Ari curiously asked about the procedure. Though he expressed his fear at the surgery, the hope that he would be allowed to go home soon showed through.
Thankfully, his surgery was a success and he got ready to go home about three months later!
If you’d like to donate to Ari’s cause, please visit his GoFundMe page here, and please SHARE this video on Facebook!
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