In 2014, 15-year-old Trevor Sullivan began to feel under the weather, but the teen and his family just thought he had a cold.
On Feb. 12, 2015, Trevor learned he was much sicker than anyone could have imagined.
The Detroit, Michigan, teen was airlifted from a nearby hospital to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital due to sudden heart failure, and Trevor was diagnosed with severe cardiomyopathy, according to ABC.
Desperately needing a new heart, Trevor got the call that they found a match on Nov. 13, 2015. He underwent the invasive surgery the following day.
And when he finally woke from surgery, his proud dad, Philip Sullivan, was there – camera-ready.
“I’m so happy,” Trevor says in the video through tears. “I can breathe again. I feel amazing. I’ve never felt so good.”
Looking back on the day of his surgery, Trevor said he’s happy his dad documented that emotional moment.
“I really like the video, actually,” he told the news outlet. “I think it’s really cool and I wish everyone in the world can see it because it really makes a difference. It promotes organ donation and people can see the outcome of it and how happy they really are.”
Trevor’s mother Kimberly talked to ABC about the moment her son first opened his eyes after surgery.
“Honestly, for me, I didn’t know what to expect. I kind of thought he’d wake up disoriented and in pain, but instead he woke up happy, ready to go and pleased with what he was going through. He made all the worrying that a mom would do go away,” she shared.
And now, jus months after his surgery, Trevor says he feels “fine after recovery.”
“I can do anything now. I do feel really relieved,” he said.