Girl in need of heart transplant surprised by golf hero
Erik Compton chats with inspirational 12-year-old Anna King
- Duration 7:16
- Date May 16, 2012
Erik Compton chats with inspirational 12-year-old Anna King
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A happening now a remarkable story of courage to share with you today imagine just feeling run down for a few weeks.
You get it checked out and said -- lean learn need a heart transplant.
You're twelve years old when this happens this is actually what happened in real life to and it came only a few weeks ago she learned she needs a new heart.
She can no longer attend a full day in school she can't play all the competitive sports that -- to plight.
But it's what she can't do that really caught our attention.
And -- is now using her new website humor -- the heart dot org.
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And me yes but that happens -- Look at it positively Mon we were talking a little bit about.
Finding out this news how how did you first learned of Anna's heart condition.
-- -- Blakey said she just was not herself on for several weeks and she just -- had flu like symptoms and after a couple of trips to the pediatricians office.
She developed pneumonia and it was pneumonia that led to a chest X right.
And chest X -- that led to a follow up with a cardiologist.
Because her heart looked a little bit swollen.
And and she went in and had a worked up from the pediatric cardiology department and it's.
We discovered that she had this really horrible disease and down dilated -- on my apathy.
Sell it -- came -- us out of nowhere.
Right and and a what did you think when you heard that numerous.
Life person now that is obviously the situations -- back.
We're hanging and I think Simon is just the act of failing at first -- -- and -- need that but I guess and became aren't Mariana island.
Just decided let that man and not in this state Elaine because.
That's how we always look -- things.
It well and it certainly is spreading lot of optimism I mean you can't look at your videos and not smile.
And not root for you and out and we know that you like to play a lot of competitive sports and Ali bawling like to Brian I do soccer.
And the doctors tell you listen right now.
-- can't play some of -- sports but you can't play golf.
And I understand that there is a particular golfer that you're you're inspired by that you've learned about.
Just a little bit about that.
Now while I have is -- house you know a lot of not have a sense and that can play golf.
A lot of people mention to less and hanging -- com.
He's a professional golf are asking -- this kind of in the same situation I was and when he missed loudly announced he was diagnosed at the heart problem on and he took up golf and it ain't ready inspires me because now -- and act in life.
And that's always -- that I -- -- well.
We heard that you were inspired by Eric.
And we arranged a little surprise for -- mean he's an -- like to talk to Eric so Eric is actually.
Here with us as well and he's been listening -- entire story Eric welcome to the program -- his right here is that the -- -- on everything.
I mean Eric is hurting and -- story there's -- way.
What do you think -- -- and I.
All very nice to meet you.
So Erekat and it all they can't.
And it told us that -- -- it was a great description by the way of what at what happened to you Americans aged twelve you also learned.
They needed a heart transplants a tell us a little bit about your journey.
Well it's very similar today -- a story.
You know I had a virus that she had caught with -- -- my apathy and it's something that that we can my hard and attack my hard and you know I needed a heart transplant.
You know my heart goes out -- and -- stories like this.
All over the country.
You know -- I've I've been very blessed and lucky to have a second chance at life.
And two play the tour and and to have.
Family and be married and have a daughter and and you know I I think and you know she she has such a fighting positive.
-- just from listening -- -- listen to her talk and how mature she is for her age and and I know that she's gonna she's gonna get second chance of life that I did and you know when I'm out here the tour and playing every week you know I'm trying to educate and talk to people about becoming an organ donor and and signing up to be an organ donor -- donate life dot net.
Also threw the and getting the chance I mean here's here's a remarkable story of a young girl who is so positive and.
What and that -- -- for Erik now that he had -- needed chat with them a little bit.
Why not just play any misses but I'm looking in I mean how -- Wednesday after the transplant -- you get out there might pick up banging.
Well I you know I mean you have such a great spear like I said I think you know obviously got to take it take it every day by day.
It is a little -- a long process and you have to you know you could be lucky and get a donor very soon or it might take awhile but.
I'm just keeping that great spirit and and and take it one day at a time after -- transplant and and I look forward to hearing from you when you get your transplant -- that you can come out maybe next year.
Or the year after when you do get your hard figure out and you can come visit me in watch me play golf should have to arrange that.
That's how they pretty damned pretty good idea and you maybe can give Eric singing lessons at that time -- -- -- air's pretty good golf but I'm not sure that he can sing it.
As dead as and a -- are airing every it's it's it's it's probably -- -- -- a but I -- Eric we know that you -- have a lot of talk about it we're gonna leave it here seeing guys can probably continue your conversation and talk more for more on and a by the way everyone has to visit this website.
Humor -- the -- dot org and watch out for her next parity just watch upper and in general mood is I think there's a lot.
I mean it may be broadcast news Johnny there's a lot for and ahead and so has some spirit.
And an -- thank you very much -- as well thank you very much for taking the time today.