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The Heart of the Matter: As boy weakens, kin wait, hope

posted: 08/08/2010 5:14 a.m. Discuss

No one could hear when baby Christopher was crying.

The Heart of the Matter: Hope, fear fill anxious hours

posted: 08/09/2010 5:48 a.m. Discuss

The clock read 2:45 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, and the phone was ringing. Shannon Schroeder jerked awake from a deep sleep, her heart racing in anticipation. After five long, tense weeks of waiting, she knew this was the call she and her family had been praying for.

The Heart of the Matter: Highs, lows mark path of progress

posted: 08/10/2010 5:46 a.m. Comment 1

Five days after his Jan. 16 heart transplant, Christopher Schroeder was puffy and swollen. His chest was covered with a dark bruise. A towel on his head covered a sensor that monitored oxygen to his brain, and various tubes controlled fluids to and from his tiny body.

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