Doctor Dresses As Chewbacca To Give Sick Star Wars Fan Life-Changing News.

It doesn’t even matter that Austin Eggleston doesn’t speak Wookie: The moment Chewbacca strolled into his room, he knew exactly what it meant.

Austin, a 15-year-old from Pontiac, Illinois, was born with several congenital heart defects that stunted his growth. When he stopped responding to treatments last fall, his name was put on a heart transplant list.


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In November, staff and students at St. Mary’s School, where he’s the eighth-grade president, sent Austin off with a pep rally to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago to prepare for the surgery.

Every single day for the next two months, the die-hard Star Wars fan asked medical staff whether a donor had been found yet.


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His doctor, pediatric cardiologist Dr. Phillip Thrush, was so certain he’d get a heart that he made Austin a promise: As soon as a heart donor was found, Dr. Thrush himself would deliver the news in person — dressed as Chewbacca.

On Saturday, he was able to fulfill that promise.


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“We got a heart? Do we seriously have a heart?” Austin asks, leaping from his bed and literally bouncing with joy.

“He’s the type of kid that, even when he’s sick, he brings a smile to your face,” Dr. Thrush said.

The transplant was completed later that night, and Austin is now on the road to recovery.


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His mom, Mary Anglin, expressed gratitude to the donor’s family, saying the new heart will provide him a chance to accomplish his life’s goals and that Austin “will make sure that he does remarkable things because of it.”

Watch Austin’s reaction to the life-saving news in the clip below.

Share to send congratulations and spread the word about the need for organ donors.

Chewbacca Tells Austin He is Getting a New Heart

That moment when Chewbacca aka Dr. Thrush comes to tell you that you are getting a new heart. Months ago when Austin was listed for a heart transplant, Dr. Thrush said he would deliver the news a heart was available dressed as Chewbacca. On Saturday, March 17, Chewbacca stopped by Austin’s room. #donatelife #organdonor #all4your1Are you an organ donor? Register to become one here https://www.ilsos.gov/organdonorregister/.

Posted by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago on Monday, March 19, 2018

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