5-year-old with new heart finally gets to leave hospital

- Ari Schultz has undergone more than 10 surgeries, including a heart transplant. He takes more than 20 kinds of medication, all at different times.  He is only 5 years old.

And this weekend, he got the best treat of his young life: He got to go home.

"Great!” he exclaimed after his dad, Mike, told him that after 189 days at Boston Children’s Hospital, he could finally get the heck out of there.

The boy had endured operations to repair his damaged heart before he even left the womb.

An ultrasound taken at 18 weeks showed Ari’s heart was malformed. Without surgical intervention, he would have only two chambers instead of four, his father said.

He’s had three of his four heart valves replaced. In March, Ari received a new heart, but even that life-saving gift has created additional trauma for the little boy.

His body rejected it, and the child suffered cardiac arrest as a result and had to be placed on life support, according to his family’s website, Echo of Hope.

Through it all, Ari’s fondest wish was a simple one: He just wanted to go home.

On Friday, that wish was granted. Over the weekend, he was over the moon, his dad said.

On Father’s Day, he went to the golf course with his pop. He played with his siblings. He also partook in a little baseball.

He had to return to the hospital Monday for a scheduled catheterization to look inside his heart, but his family hopes he will be back at home following the procedure.

See more at: http://www.insideedition.com/headlines/24016-5-year-old-boy-with-new-heart-finally-gets-to-go-home-after-189-days

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