Up until last year, Trevor Sullivan, now 14, was a typical middle-schooler. He was a Boy Scout, played the tuba in the school's band and football on the school's team. (Here he is in his football jersey.)
I think this is the better of the 2 football jersey picsPosted by Kimberly Sullivan on Thursday, August 6, 2015
I think this is the better of the 2 football jersey pics
In February of last year he felt ill, and was rushed to the ER in his hometown in Michigan. Doctors found something wrong with his heart, and he was quickly airlifted to a children's hospital in Ann Arbor, where his parents were told if the boy couldn't get a heart transplant he would eventually die from heart failure.
The family waited nine months for a donor's whose heart was a match. Trevor got the transplant in November. His dad, Philip Sullivan, posted the video he recorded of Trevor waking up from the operation to the Gift of Life Michigan's Facebook page. The video quickly went viral.
When you watch it you'll understand why. Instead of being groggy, Trevor filled with joy. “I’m so happy. I’ve been waiting so long. I can breathe again,” Trevor told his parents. As his mom told ABC News, watching Trevor's reaction "made all the worrying that a mom would do go away."
Gift of Life Michigan, a nonprofit organ donation, summed it up perfectly: "This is what the gift of organ donation can do. This is why we #DonateLife."