Teen’s double-organ transplant “A Christmas Miracle”


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — It’s being called a Christmas miracle. A Lexington teenager received priceless gifts for the holiday, a new heart and kidney.

17-year-old Marquis Davis’ family says it’s the best Christmas gift they could’ve received.Davis should be home surrounded by family celebrating his last Christmas as a high school student. Instead, he’s more than an hour away stuck in a hospital bed.

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Marquis was diagnosed with heart problems before he was even born. He has Hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which means the left side of his heart is underdeveloped and can’t pump blood as well as it should.

“Yeah, they told me it was probably best that I abort him. I cried and prayed, cried and prayed,” says his momma Sherri Winthrow.

Withrow’s prayers led her to fight for both of them. And fight they did.

At just five days old, Marquis had his first open heart surgery. At three years old, he received a new heart.

“He kept fighting back and forth for his life,” says Withrow.

At ten, his body rejected the heart leading to a pacemaker and kidney disease.

When he was supposed to be celebrating turning 16, doctors decided Marquis needed another new heart and a kidney.

“Why couldn’t this had been somebody else’s brother? Like why did it have to be mine?,” asks Porsha Jackson, Marquis’ big sister.

He’s been robbed of a childhood, sick his entire life.

“I just don’t like seeing him like that. I just wish I could trade places with him,” says Jackson with tears in her eyes.

Last week, the call they’ve been so desperately waiting for, the call that would give Marquis the gift of time, finally arrived.

“I just dropped the phone. I didn’t know what to think I was like ‘What?’, says Withrow.

The hospital in Cincinnati had a heart and kidney for him. They rushed to get there.

“I’m just still at an awe,” says Withrow.

All the tears and heartache, being in and out of hospitals, the drives back and forth between Cincy and Lexington – the family says it was all worth it for this Christmas miracle.

“That’s the best Christmas gift I could ever get,” says Withrow.

Now, Marquis is looking forward to graduating next year from Frederick Douglass, something he didn’t think would be possible.

“It’s like he’s starting over,” says Jackson.

They won’t be home for the holidays, but that doesn’t matter. They’re together – alive – celebrating the fresh start Christmas brings.

The medical bills, travel, and other expenses have racked up for Withrow. If you feel compelled to help in anyway, feel free to reach out to her at withrow.sherri42@gmail.com.


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Christy Bollinger joined the ABC 36 news team as a reporter in March 2018. Christy comes from a little western Kentucky town called Cadiz. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May 2017 with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Criminology. Christy is thrilled to be working at her dream job in her home state. She is passionate about storytelling and you can see her weekdays on ABC 36 News at 5 and 6 p.m. She's covered everything from visits from the sitting president and vice president, to high-profile murder cases. When not chasing stories, Christy loves nothing more than being at the beach and says life is just better with sand between your toes and waves crashing at your feet. She is also a big animal lover. She's a fur momma and her mini-Australian Shepherd, Milly, standard Australian Shepherd, Bennie, and her Maine Coon, Cheeto, are the loves of her life. Christy encourages you to send her any story ideas you may have. Find her on Facebook at Christy Bollinger ABC 36, tweet her @ChristyB_news, or email her at CBollinger@wtvq.com.