Little 7-month-old Lincoln Seay was born with a severe heart defect that caused his organs to develop on the wrong side of his body.
Dr. D. Michael McMullan, Seattle Children's surgical director of heart transplants, said that they had a list of patients that needed the operation, and Lincoln was the one they were most concerned about.
"He was right on the edge," McMullan said.
Of course, no one was more concerned and scared than Lincoln's parents, Rob and Mindy. Lincoln was days away from death and a heart transplant donor could take up to three months to become available.
But then, his parents got a call. A heart transplant had unexpectedly arrived for Lincoln--just in time.
"The last two days, you could just tell they were his last days," Rob said.
But thanks to a selfless gift from an anonymous family, those weren't his last days. And nothing shows it better than the striking before-and-after snapshots of Lincoln's arm prior to and following the surgery.
His mother Mindy has reported that Lincoln has done well after the surgery and his new heart is strong.
"My baby is coming back," she said.
Mindy has also written an open letter to the donor's family, with the hope that someday they will be able to meet, and overwhelming gratitude regardless if they will or not.
"I want you to know that I will always have the utmost respect for the gift we will be given," she wrote. "I will care for that gift to the very best of my ability and will be sure we always give reverence and respect to the child and family from which it came. We may never now you by name, but I will know you deep in my soul."