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Brayden from "Brayden's Brave Heart" gets matching heart transplant after 4+ years on wait list

"We have a heart!"
Posted at 2:39 PM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 13:48:16-04

(UPDATE: October 12, 2018 10:40 a.m.) Brayden had a stable night. His family says his numbers and blood work look good, and that he is still being paralyzed to allow his body to heal. His family also says that doctors are looking at lowering lowering settings today to see if his heart and lungs are ready.


(UPDATE: October 11, 2018 10:15 p.m.) Brayden's family shared a photo of Brayden following his surgery. The post says that Brayden is doing good but is struggling in a few areas. They said that he is stable and everything he is going through is expected with a high risk transplant with pulmonary hypertension.


(UPDATE: October 11, 2018 8:56 a.m) Brayden's family posted this picture of the many monitors being used to look over Brayden.

The Bakersfield Police Department also tweeted to Brayden, giving him their support and well-wishes. 


UPDATE (4:18 a.m., Oct. 11): Overnight Brayden's family posted on social media saying they talked to their surgeon who said things went as well as they could ask for. 

"We are going to try to sleep until he gets settled into his room. The next 12, 24, 36, 48 hours will be huge. Prayers his lungs can handle his new heart," the post read.

It went on to say, "Our hearts are so heavy knowing there is a family out there that said yes to organ donation and gave our son a chance at a life he has dreamed of. We will forever be thankful."


UPDATE (10:50 p.m., Oct. 10): Brayden's family has posted on their Facebook Page that Brayden has officially received his new heart.


Brayden Eidenshink, a Bakersfield boy who has been on a heart transplant list for close to four and a half years, is reportedly in surgery after receiving a match.

"We have a heart!" Brayden said in a Facebook Live video posted on Wednesday.

Brayden's mother said they were notified of a match on Tuesday evening, also saying the surgery could last up to 12-16 hours. Video of Brayden being wheeled into surgery was posted on Facebook Live Wednesday afternoon.

Brayden has garnered support from the community through a Facebook page called "Brayden's Brave Heart." You can learn more about Brayden's journey here.