Joseph has been on an amazing journey from healthy child to heart transplant recipient. He received his gift of life on April 13, 2007. We are forever grateful to our donor family for giving him a second chance at life. Here you can read his entire story from the beginning and check on his current progress. He is an inspiration to his family and friends. He's a little boy with a big heart! "For I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you." Ezekiel 36:26
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My name is Angela. I'd like to tell you about our sweet,brave little warrior who came face to face with a giant and won. This is his story. Five year old Joseph Greenwood received a Heart Transplant at the Medical University of SC, five days before his 6th birthday. This all started in March of 2006, with a virus that caused Joseph (JoJo) to have a high-grade fever. The virus invaded and damaged his heart. Joseph was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a rare weakening of the heart muscles.
This eventually led JoJo to a long admission at MUSC in August 2006, with the implantation of an internal defibrillator. On March 24, 2007 the defibrillator discharged appropriately and saved his life when Joseph collapsed on the family porch in Florence, SC. His father, Stephen, successfully performed CPR on JoJo. Within 3 hours JoJo was airlifted to MUSC.
On March 25, 2007, Joseph was placed on a life saving heart and lung bypass machine (ECMO).
Joseph was placed on the Heart Transplant list on March 26, 2007.
On April 4, 2007 Joseph was the first child in SC to receive the Berlin Heart Pump.
Joseph underwent a heart transplant on April 13, 2007.