Portage welcomed home teen after heart transplant – WWMT-TV

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Portage welcomed home teen after heart transplant.
PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Several weeks after receiving a new heart a Portage teenager was welcomed home after receiving a heart transplant.

Spencer Powell captured the hearts of many across West Michigan for his positive outlook on life while waiting for a heart transplant at the University of Michigan’s Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.

Newschannel 3’s Mara Thompson reports on Powell’s emotional homecoming.

Dozens of friends and family members crowded the neighborhood, along with Portage fire and police cars, as a way to give Powell a welcome home and to celebrate the end of this long journey.

After a long and difficult journey of getting a second chance at life, and a new heart, Powell is home.

Dawn Fitch said, “Ecstatic, happy, overwhelmed, thankful. Very, very thankful and appreciative.”

The streets were lined with people as Powell rounded the corner to his house.

Fitch said, “He was very, very surprised. I was trying to tell him that nobody would be here maybe just the siblings, if anybody.”

An emotional moment Powell has been waiting for his whole life, after being born with congenital heart disease. Family members say through it all he always remained positive.

Sheri Fitch said, “Just to see Spencer go through what he has gone through these last two months plus it’s incredible he’s such a good guy. He’s my hero. He really is.”

Saying they’re both excited and relived.

Brittney Powell said, “Mainly excited for him to come home and be a normal teenager again come home and relax in his own bubble.”

And the support from the community is what got them to this point

“Thank you so, so, so much we could never think the community and our family and everybody enough for everything that they’ve done for us they’ve stayed by her side and been there for us it’s something that I can’t even put in words how appreciative we are.”

Doctors said they’re hopeful Spencer will now have a long healthy life ahead of him.

The family has set up a GoFundMe account (https://www.gofundme.com/teamspencerpowell?ssid=826244226&pos=4) to help with all the medical costs.

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