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UPDATE: Lamar County teen in recovery after successful heart transplant, mother says

On November 17, 2017, ABC 3340's Patrick Thomas reported on a Lamar County teen in need of a heart transplant

UPDATE: A Lamar County teenager in need of a new heart for his entire 15 years of life is recovering from a successful heart transplant surgery this morning, according to his mother.

John Corbell, a 15-year-old boy from Sulligent, AL, has faced severe heart complications.

Now, his mother Sabrina Corbell told ABC 33/40's Patrick Thomas via text message, "He went into surgery at midnight last night. We hope to see him around 12 or 1. They (the doctors involved with the surgery) said he is doing great and the heart is working great. We will be so excited for him to feel how a normal heart beat feels like for the 1st time in 15 years."

She says the family may stay in Nashville for up to a month after the surgery to make sure John is adjusting to the new heart well.

April 7, 2018--

On November 17, 2017, ABC 3340's Patrick Thomas reported on a Lamar County teen in need of a heart transplant. Well, John Corbell, a 15 year old from Sulligent, AL, is finally getting a new heart.

The family received a call from John's hospital, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University, early Saturday morning saying they had found a match.

John has been struggling with heart complications since he was a baby, leaving him unable to lead a 'normal' childhood.

John and his family are looking forward to his new opportunity to get back on that normal track.

According to John's mother, Sabrina Corbell, the family has been living in Nashville since the beginning of February.

She says preliminary testing began at VUMC in January so that John could be put into a hospital database.

She says part, not all, of the cost of surgery will be covered by their insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee.

In our first story, ABC 33/40's Patrick Thomas reported much of the issue for the family is that a prior insurance provider would not cover a large portion of the surgical costs to replace his heart.

Sabrina told ABC 33/40 communities in Lamar County have raised about $55,000 for the family.

The reasons Sabrina and John moved to Nashville is because John was put on a 24/7 heart failure medication. It was a home infusion treatment, she says much like an IV.

John’s dad has been commuting back and forth from Sulligent.


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