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Teen boy needing heart transplant: 'God's got my back'

As tears pour down his face, John Corbell speaks about his faith.

It's a matter of the heart on the minds of many in West Alabama.

Doctors recently told 15-year-old John Corbell that his heart is no good, and he will need a transplant.

The Sulligent teen has never had a normal day in his life.

"It's difficult, because I see my friends that are my age just having fun and doing other stuff and I'm having to worry about all this."

John has been in and out of surgery since he was just six days old.

"It's been crazy emotional," says his mother, Sabrina Corbell, as she holds up the beads he's received from every doctor's visit, therapy session, blood-work, and surgery.

John clutches the stuffed bunny he's been taking into every operating room since birth.

"It's just kind of his comfort," Corbell's mother explains.

John's heart can't get blood into his lungs. It doesn't tick like it should and he's in need of a life-changing operation.

"As a mother, it's heart-wrenching and nauseating to know what lies ahead."

Fixing a failing heart isn't cheap. Because of insurance complications, this type of surgery could cost John's family anywhere from $500,000 - $1,000,000.

Now, many communities in Lamar County are pitching in to help.

"[It's] just touching to know that everyone is there for me," John says.

Since the latest doctor's report, Sulligent High School and the communities of Vernon and South Lamar have raised between $10,000-$15,000.

"One of them said, you know, this is not a time you need to worry. Let the community worry for you and you just be there with your family," John's mother said.

Despite the help, John still has a tough road ahead in finding a match.

"This is one of those surgeries, once you make this step, you can't go back. And we know there's the risk that, he is either going to accept the heart or reject the heart."

As tears pour down his face, John speaks about his faith.

"[I] just look at the bright side and all the stuff that God's done for me, all the stuff he has gotten me through."

John hopes that one day he'll be able to enjoy a sense of normalcy like his peers.

"I just say that God has got my back, and he is going to get me through whatever the world throws at me."

John currently receives treatment at Children's of Alabama, but the hospital isn't in his insurance company's medical network.

His mother says they may have to travel out of the state to perform the surgery he needs.

If you'd like to donate to help John's family with his medical expenses, you can do so HERE.



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JOHN CORBELL CURRENTLY GOES TO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL TO SEE HIS DOCTOR

BUT THE HOSPITAL ISN'T IN HIS INSURANCE COMPANY'S MEDICAL NETWORK

HIS MOTHER SAYS THEY MAY HAVE TO TRAVEL OUT OF STATE TO PERFORM THE SURGERY HE NEEDS

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