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Matthew’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. It has been created to keep friends and family updated about Matthew.

My Story is the introduction to our CaringBridge site.

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This story was aired on Shreveport's ABC affiliate, KTBS, several weeks ago.........

Matthew Campbell has one of the kindest hearts around. It just doesn't function well enough to keep him alive. The 14 year old Shreveporter is on the list at Children's Medical Center in Dallas for a heart transplant. Matthew was born with Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome. He doesn't have a right ventricle.

The medical center requires patients to live within two driving hours in order to get on the transplant list. So, Matthew and his family moved to Longview, Texas. His parents take turns commuting to Shreveport to work. Matthew said, "They're really close to me. I know they don't want to lose me. I know they love me very much and I love them so much and they're just a big part of my life."

Matthew isn't able to run and play with his friends right now. A heart transplant would change that. "I'm ready for it. I'm ready to be a normal kid."

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Matthew received a heart transplant on Saturday, November 17. He is stable at Children's Medical Center in Dallas. However, due to some complications, he now awaits a second heart transplant or a miraculous healing of the first heart. Please continue to keep him in your prayers.

Latest Journal Update

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Hello! I just wanted to let everyone know that the memorial for Matthew has been started. We will be taking pictures of the progress and will post them for everyone to see. The family took their first camping trip last weekend since Matthew went home and though it was very peaceful aside from chasing Lillian around, it was very tough for everyone, especially my mom. We know that it is going to be really difficult doing things for the first time with out him there physically, but I feel him around us all of the time. As you know Matt loved to watch birds and we have continued to watch them. There have been several species of birds that have visited our backyard that we have never seen before in this area, thank you , Matt. I always ask Matt to give em a sign that he is still here and though I wait for something big I have noticed teh small subtle ones. I pray that everyone is doing well and keeping their faith strong. I know it is hard. Please continue to keep our family in your prayers, especially my parents. My mom is still having a really hard time, I know my dad is also, but he stays strong for mom. It has been really difficult for Heather and I, its hard for us to talk about are feelings with our parents, because we feel we need to stay strong for them. I just really miss Matthew so much, it still does not seem real and I sometimes find myself thinking he is going to walk in the door or call me like he always used to. Lillian and I look at pictures of her Uncle Matt every morning in her room and I tell her how much he loves her.That makes me cry every moring knowing that she will always know he he was, but will not ever really know him and feel the happiness he brought with him everyday. Oh how we miss him. I ran into a family friend that lives next door to Big Daddy at Target yesterday and I have not seen her in quite sometime. She told me how sorry she was for our loss and how much loved and misses Matt and how special and happy he always was. She immediately began crying at the begginning of our conversation and it made me realize that we are not the only ones still hurting. I truly hope and pray for everyone that God will lead us all to find the strength to go on day to day and allow us to see the beauty of Matthew's life that we can always hold on to.

Love,

Madelyn