- Associated Press - Sunday, January 31, 2016

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - There were days when Amanda Boswell was unsure if her youngest son would ever know of life outside hospital walls.

But baby Davis, who received a heart transplant on Nov. 30 after defying the odds and surviving nearly five months with the assistance of a rare Berlin heart - a device that worked as a temporary bridge until a donor heart became available - defied the odds once more when he was discharged from Children’s of Alabama hospital in Birmingham on Jan. 8.

The Boswells were told they would have to stay in Birmingham for the first four to six weeks post discharge, but Jan. 25 - just shy of three weeks after Davis’ discharge - Amanda Boswell announced on social media that Davis is expected to be cleared to return to Auburn soon.

“Davis is coming HOME!!!! To Auburn!!! On Thursday!!! Everything looked great at his clinic appointment this morning,” she posted to her personal Facebook account Monday morning. “After his clinic appointment on Thursday, this little guy will finally be at HIS house. I am crying tears of thanksgiving this morning! There were days I didn’t think THIS day would ever come. And here it is! Thank you JESUS!!! To HIM we give all the glory!!! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!”

Davis has spent all but two days of his life away from Auburn, his mother said.

“I had just an overwhelming sense of gratitude all throughout the day. There were lots of tears of joy. We thanked God,” Boswell said of when she received the news that Davis would be able to come home. “There were days when we didn’t think this day would come, when talking about going home wasn’t even an option. It was a wonderful day.”

Boswell said she looks forward to having both her boys home, happy and healthy. She and her husband are also the parents of Hudson, 2.

“We’re just so excited! A lot of people take the things that happen in everyday life for granted, and that’s the only things we want to do. We want to be home, we want to enjoy each other and that’s it.”

Once Davis is home, he will continue to have weekly checkups with his doctor and will participate in an array of therapies in Auburn.

Boswell asks for continued prayers for her son’s health as he begins his new journey.

“I’m in tears just thinking about how our community has rallied around us. It just amazes me and gives me so much pride to know I live in a place where these wonderful people love and care about us the way they do,” she said. “Our biggest thing and what we’ve always asked for is prayer. We just ask the community to continue to pray for Davis. This is really the beginning of his journey.”


Information from: Opelika-Auburn News, https://www.oanow.com/

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