***UPDATE*** Ari is in need of urgent prayers after he went into cardiac arrest following his heart transplant.
On Thursday, Ari’s family shared on their blog that he had a heart attack the night before.
“He was given CPR for 30 minutes then placed on life support. At the time and as of now, his new heart was not beating,” the family wrote. Ari’s father was with him the whole time, holding his hand and talking to him, they said.
According to the last post on their Facebook page, doctors are currently evaluating what to do next. There has been no other post since.
To make matters worse, in the middle of all of this the family discovered they have some major issues with their house related to mold damage behind the walls. They’re being told they may have to tear down the entire home and rebuild it.
This family not only needs prayers, but major intervention from as many people as possible to help take some worries and problems off of their table so they can focus on their son.
Ari Schultz, the 5-year-old boy who warmed hearts on the internet while waiting for a new one of his own is now in need of prayers as his body reacts to the transplant.
Ari’s health is currently struggling as doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital treat him for acute organ rejection, his family wrote on their blog Monday.
After initially believing Ari’s condition was improving, his mother, Erica Schultz, was feeling “pretty bold” last week and started talking about finally heading him, she wrote.
Ari, who first gained internet fame for his love of baseball and the Red Sox, told his mother that the first thing he wanted to do when he got home was play baseball and golf.
“He’s the only 4-year-old that I know that has played 18 holes at a championship course while in congestive heart failure,” Erica Shultz wrote. “I can’t stop thinking about how much I want him to come home. How much I want to play golf with him.”
In addition to Ari’s struggle, the Schultz family also learned on Friday that they need to tear down their house and build a new one from scratch due to mold.
Ari underwent operations and procedures every day last week and was unable to eat, his mother said. She called the treatment “horribly uncomfortable” and said the “pokes and sticks” were relentless.
“Home just got a little further away,” Erica Schultz wrote. “For all of us.”
Earlier this month, a video of Ari reacting to the news that he will receive a new heart went viral on Facebook.
In November, the baseball team for Assumption College in Worcester made his dreams come true when they “drafted” him to the team.
Erica Schultz described her son as having a “zest for life,” despite his illness. Let’s hope he’ll get the opportunity to continue that quest.
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