LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Tony Forte was just 6 days old when he was diagnosed with a rare disease that affects the digestive system.
The now 12-year-old has never lived a normal life, but things are looking up after receiving a multi-organ transplant back in late August.
Tony says he is grateful for a chance at a normal life.
“I am thankful for a new life,” he said. “I am grateful for the new things that I can do, and I am thankful for the new organs that I have got.”
Tony received the organs after a 12-year-old boy died the day before he flew down to Miami for the transplant surgery.
Tony says he does not know much about the boy.
“I know he was about my age,” he said. “I know we had the same blood type.”
Tony says that he will never drink or smoke when he gets older because he made a promise to take care of his new organs in honor of the boy who passed away.
Tony says this Thanksgiving will be much different compared to years past.
“I have no more food restrictions,” said Forte. “I am looking forward to turkey and mashed potatoes.”
Anyone interested in sending Tony well wishes can mail cards to:
CB Smith Park & Campground, Site 44
900 N. Flamingo Road
PemBroke Pines, Fla., 33082.
Anyone who would like to make a donation to help Tony’s family with expenses should visit aftft.com.
Funds can be mailed to the Antonio Forte Transplant Fund Trust at:
2131 Fruitville Pike
Lancaster, Pa., 17601