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Maryland Teen Dances From Hospital Bed 6 Days After Receiving Life-Saving Heart Transplant

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After a Maryland teen received a life-saving heart transplant, he couldn’t wait until he left the hospital to celebrate his second chance at life.

While laying in his hospital bed, 15-year-old Amari Hall started to dance — just six days after his surgery in March.

“All his life he has been a fighter,” his mom, Juaquinna Hall, told CNN. “He remained positive throughout it all.”

Hall, from Capitol Heights, Maryland, who was born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, didn’t let tubes and cords get in the way of his dance party. His aunt, Charawan Hunter, posted the video on May 18, which shows the nurses also joining in on the fun.

“Organ donation is so important,” Hunter told CNN. “I think that a lot of people are scared of organ donation.”

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Hall had three corrective surgeries by the time he was 2-years-old and for 13 years he was functioning well, according to the news outlet, until the end of last year when a doctor gave him the grim news — his heart was failing.

His family was blown away by his reaction to the news that he needed a transplant.

“He looked at me, and he said, ‘What are you afraid of? It’s my time,’ ” his mom told the news outlet. “‘I need to have this done.'”

For three months, Hall lived at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, waiting for a transplant and the day finally came in March.

He was back to his “cheery self” within the week after the surgery, Hunter tells CNN, and doctors are hopeful he can return to school in the fall.