Client: Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
“In a season that began with thanks and culminated in holiday gifts and new year renewal, Pam Garcia and John Busking of Palos Heights learned what it is to receive one of the greatest gifts of them all. They were given the precious and precarious gift of life for their 1-year-old son, Jack, who late last year underwent heart transplant surgery at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
“We are very, very grateful to the parents who donated their baby’s heart,” Garcia said. “There were so many times that we thought we were going to lose Jack during the wait.”
Jack Busking was born Oct. 31, 2015, with a congenital heart defect — the entire left side of his heart was too small to function, according to Alexa Harris, one of Jack’s cardiovascular thoracic surgery physician assistants at Lurie.”