Oklahoma boy needs second heart transplant

Jhett Skaggs' donated heart is failing. Now, the 5-year-old boy from Lexington, OK, awaits a donor heart to save his life.
by Heather Warlick Published: November 5, 2012

As part of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” CVS donated a large sum to help pay bills. The family's friends, family and community stepped in to help cover much of the rest, Audra Skaggs said, though she said the family is still upside down financially.

“I'd live on peanut butter and jelly the rest of my life if I had to,” Skaggs said, as long as it meant her children were alive and healthy.

In anticipation of the family's upcoming financial challenges, friends of the Skaggs family, Melissa Hill and Julie Garver are organizing a fundraiser. The two have teamed up with The Queen of the Tees to create “Jhett Power” T-shirts and bracelets.

“As if their story wasn't enough, even in this hard time with everything they're going through, if you need something, they're there,” Hill said of the Skaggses. “It just pulls at your heart strings to know that even though they're going through something hard, they're still praying for other people.”

Most people in Lexington know who Jhett is, Hill said, because of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” But many don't know that he is once again fighting for his life.

She hopes that when people see the shirts and bracelets, it will raise awareness for Jhett's story and for the importance of organ donation. She also hopes to raise as many prayers for the family as possible.

“The more people that pray, the better the outcome will be, we believe,” Hill said.

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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How to help

Finding a heart

The T-shirts and bracelets are available for purchase and proceeds will go directly to the Skaggs family. T-shirts are $10 and bracelets are $5 (with the option to purchase a bracelet and a shirt together for $13).

First American Bank has opened a Jhett Skaggs Fund to allow people to donate at any of its branches.

If you would like to buy a shirt or bracelet, mail your order to 18105 U.S. 77, Purcell, OK 73080, or go online to the family's Facebook page, The Jhett Skaggs Foundation/Pray for Jhett.

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