Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014 10:26 am
A 16-year-old Mankato boy who last month underwent a heart transplant is coming home Friday night, according to his CaringBridge site. His father shared the news there this morning.
“We will be heading home today!” Matt Lutijens posted on Collin’s CaringBridge site. “He still has his chest tubes in, however, the pneumothraxes have stabilized enough that they are letting him come home! We have a couple of appointments this morning and a few things Collin wants to do before we leave (like ride the train). We are hoping to be home early this evening! Maybe even in time for a home cooked dinner!!”
Lutijens has been staying with his family at the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis waiting to be discharged. He was allowed to leave the hospital a week ago for the first time in more than six weeks and his family had hoped he would be sent home, without the chest tubes, on Tuesday.
The teen’s health problems began in February when doctors discovered his heart was not functioning properly. He subsequently received a device to help his heart pump blood and was discharged in May, but became ill again July 8 and was airlifted to University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital and re-listed as priority status for a heart transplant. He underwent the transplant surgery July 30.