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Douglas teen gets a heart transplant

(Source: Coffee Co. Police Scanner) (Source: Coffee Co. Police Scanner)
Diego in the hospital prior to surgery (Family photo) Diego in the hospital prior to surgery (Family photo)
DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) -

Friends and family members of Diego Trejo of Douglas are keeping their fingers crossed and praying for his complete and rapid recovery, after he got a heart transplant Sunday in Atlanta. He woke up Monday after the all day procedure, and has a long recovery ahead.

Diego, 17,  was diagnosed with dilated Cardiomyopathy, which required the heart transplant.

The Coffee High School senior is in the same school and class as Malik Sparkman, who recently passed away from kidney failure. 

A member of the school's NJROTC, he is also a member of his church's youth group.

After being seen in Savannah, his condition worsened and he was transferred to Egleston Hospital for Children in Atlanta. 

Fortunately, a donor heart became available. "They haven't told us, it maybe 24 hours, or a couple of months, maybe even a year." Diego said.

Many in the 2016 class are deeply concerned for Diego, with the loss of classmate Malik Sparkman to Kidney Cancer in May, fresh in every one's memory.

You can send cards and letters to Diego at: Diego Trejo, 1405 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329. 

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