Critically ill baby Hudson gets lifesaving heart transplant

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Last week we told you about Hudson Bond, the desperately ill two-month-old baby whose photo had been banned by Facebook for being too graphic. This week there is some wonderful news for Hudson’s family – he has received his much-needed heart transplant.

Hudson made news around the world earlier this month after Facebook rejected an ad featuring his photo because it was “scary, gory, or sensational and evokes a negative response”. He has been in hospital since he was a week old, after he was diagnosed with life-threatening cardiomyopathy. The ad was a post from the Hudson’s Heart Facebook page, which Hudson’s father, Kevin, created to raise awareness of paediatric organ donations, and funds for his son.

On Sunday afternoon, Hudson’s parents learned a donor heart had been found. At 5am on Monday at Duke Children’s Hospital in North Carolina, doctors started an eight-and-a-half-hour surgery to give Hudson his new heart. After the operation, Kevin posted on Facebook that Hudson was out of surgery and comfortable. “He’s a brave little boy, with a brave new heart, from a brave family suffering an unspeakable loss. From our family to yours, wherever you are, we love you,” he writes.

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The following day, he wrote that Hudson was still doing well. “Last night I really slept for the first time in two months. My heart made whole by that precious little gift beating strong in Hudson’s chest,” he says.

Hudson still has a long road ahead, but doctors and parents are optimistic. “He’s got a long way to go, but we can honestly say we would have never gotten this far without you all,” Kevin writes.

And people really have rallied behind Hudson – more than $140,000 has been donated to his fundraising page. Fingers crossed he will be out of hospital very soon.

Michelle Rose

Michelle Rose

Michelle is a journalist and mum to two girls who are obsessed with dinosaurs, fairies, pirates and princesses in equal measure. She lives in Melbourne's east with her husband, daughters and a giant, untameable labradoodle. Michelle loves all things vegetarian, wine (it's a fruit) and online shopping.

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