It's been a long road for one local baby boy, who has been waiting for a new heart. As YNN's Kate McGowan explains, loved ones of Nolan Przybysz finally received the miraculous gift they've been waiting for.
TONAWANDA, N.Y. -- Nolan Przybysz, 1, loves to smile. His mother, Laura says that smile is what keeps her spirits high and what keeps her going.
"When I see my son and see him smile, and I see him laugh and see him playing, it's totally changed the way I look at life," she expressed. "He's amazing, just incredible."
Little Nolan is from Tonawanda. But for months, he and his family have been living at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital.
Laura said when Nolan was seven months old, doctors diagnosed him with a rare heart condition.
"He has an enlarged heart that does not pump very well at all. At his worse his heart was only pumping seven percent of what it should have been," Laura explained. "His heart was getting so big, it was actually crushing his lungs. His lungs has collapsed a few times. It was a rough ride."
Nolan was put on the transplant list for a new heart.
It was devastating news but the Pryzbysz family did not lose hope. And just in time for Christmas, their prayers were answered, when a heart just for Nolan arrived at Pittsburgh Children's.
Laura expressed, "We were jumping up and down and yelling, and laughing. We were so excited. We waited for so long that I didn't think the moment would happen. I was like 'no this won't happen' and it did and it was amazing."
Laura told us that Nolan is getting better each day, but he does have set backs.
His friends and family are keeping up to date on his progress through a Facebook page called, 'We Heart Nolan', which has gained attention from around the world. Laura said the daily messages strangers leave Nolan are inspiring and heartwarming.
Laura has high hopes for her son, who loves Nemo and his special toy giraffe; She believes his future is as bright as he is.
"I can see him playing in our backyard like a normal baby," she exclaimed. "That's my dream right now."
A fundraiser will be held in Lockport for little Nolan on January 12th. All money raised will go towards his medical costs. You can click this link here for more information.