By Suzanne Monaghan

NORWOOD, Pa., (CBS) — A Norwood, Delaware County boy got a very special gift on his 10th birthday — the gift of life. The family is hoping their story will encourage other families to consider organ donation.

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Last August, Susan Lamey’s son, Noah, got sick with what they thought was a bad stomach virus, but the diagnosis turned out to be much more serious.

“All I heard was heart failure, and the rest of that, I heard nothing else,” Noah’s mother said.

Noah was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy and would need a heart transplant.

“It was the worst day of my life,” she said.

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(photo provided by Lamey family)

(photo provided by Lamey family)

Noah’s condition was treated with medication while his mother carried her phone by her side for several months waiting for the call.

“The phone rang. And I’m thinking who’s calling on Noah’s birthday on the golf course. Who could this possibly be?” she said.

It was the hospital and they had a heart for Noah. That was June 7 and just two weeks later, Noah got to go home. So what’s he looking forward to most?

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“Getting back to doing all my sports and just getting back to a normal life,” Noah said.
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