Need a little positivity in your life? Pause for a moment and enjoy the pure joy of young Ari Schultz. Ari and his family received the news recently that he would be released from the hospital after 189 days of treatment for critical aortic stenosis.
This 5-year-old boy has had 3 heart surgeries in his short life. Watch his incredible reaction as he finds out he's leaving the hospital. pic.twitter.com/DKcrz9LsP3
— ABC News (@ABC) June 16, 2017
There is obviously a long history to this event. For all of the background, Ari’s parents write a blog about the experience of living with and treating this condition. Here is a small snippet explaining the scenario.
Our son Ari Schultz was diagnosed at his 18 week ultrasound with critical aortic stenosis and evolving hypoplastic left heart syndrome. This meant if we didn’t intervene before he was born he would have only a 2 chamber heart. We did, indeed, intervene, first at 20 weeks of gestation, setting us on a wild and unexpected path.
For the last 5 years Ari lived an eventful life both inside and outside the hospital. Life-wise, he’s a rabid sports fan and loves being on the Assumption College Baseball team (see video above), is mesmerized discovering the world Harry Potter, adores his sister Lexi and brother Eli, and is an all around good kid.
Congratulations, Ari and to the Schultz family. We’re happy for you and hope to see you and your family at a Boston Red Sox game soon!