8-year-old heart transplant patient gets special Tar Heel treatment

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WTVD) -- An 8-year-old who survived a stroke got to live out his sports dream Saturday.

Asael, a patient at UNC Children's Hospital, got to meet the Tar Heel football team and watch the game from a special box seat.

After he had his stroke, doctor's told Asael he would need a heart transplant.

He waited seven months before finding a match, and then made it through the transplant surgery successfully.

A lot better for him, for us, for the whole family," Asael's father said. "It was a big process, so thank you God. He's up walking, so that makes us very happy."
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