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Jarren Jasper recovering nicely two days after heart transplant

Bill Wagner
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Jarren Jasper is recovering nicely two days after his heart transplant and doctors at Children’s National Medical Center are encouraged by his progress, the family reports.

Jarren underwent the transplant in the wee hours of Tuesday morning and made it through the initial 24-hour recovery period with no complications. Doctors told the Jasper family those first 24 hours are critical to transplant patients in terms of determining whether the body accepts or rejects the new organ.

Donna Jasper sat bedside with her 14-year-old son throughout the first night in the intensive care unit and doctors were extremely pleased that his new heart was beating on its own with no problems.

Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper reported on Thursday that his son was no longer heavily sedated and that was another positive sign.

“Doctors are very pleased with Jarren’s progress and getting past the first 24 hours with no major complications was key,” Ivin Jasper wrote via text message. “However, he still has a few more important stages to get past.”

Ivin Jasper said it was unclear how long Jarren will be required to remain in the hospital. For now, it is imperative that he remain in a sterile environment.

“It depends on the patient, but two to three weeks is what the doctors anticipate,” Ivin Jasper said.

The Jasper family does not know the identity of the individual who donated the heart to Jarren, who had been awaiting a transplant since early August. Officials overseeing the transplant process adhere to very strict confidentiality rules, Ivin Jasper said.

“We have no idea who they are. They aren’t allowed to give out any information,” Ivin Jasper said. “It’s up to the donor family if they would want to meet the family of the person who received the organ.”

The Jasper family has already publicly thanked the family of the individual whose tragic death has provided Jarren with a second chance at life.

“This has been a difficult time for me and my family, but the Lord has delivered the miracle we’ve been waiting for and it’s a true blessing,” Ivin Jasper said following Jarren’s transplant procedure on Tuesday. “My heart goes out to the donor family who made this joyous day possible.”

Ivin and Donna Jasper have maintained a constant presence in Jarren’s room in the ICU since the transplant. Jaylen and Dallas Jasper, who play collegiate volleyball at Stanford University and St. Leo University, respectively, are both returning home to provide their emotional support as well.

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