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Larson celebrates 20th anniversary with transplanted heart

Twenty years ago Jim and Sally's Larson was life turned upside down as they're experiencing what no parent wants to go through: A child in pain.

However, what was ailing their son Christopher at the time couldn't be solved with a band-aid, a doctor's prescription or bed rest.

Chris, who was 15 in 1987, became the youngest person in the world at the time to receive an artificial heart. He was put on one for 25 days before receiving a new one May 3, 1987.

And despite health scares during the transplant process and afterwards for the Esdaile couple to still see their son every day for these past 20 years is the proof that miracles do occur.

"I say you get handed what you can handle and we've been able to handle everything," Sally said.

Read more in the May 9 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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