Ari, an avid sports fan, was thrilled that he might be able to attend a Red Sox game this season.
His parents are asking for prayers.
“If praying is what you do, now is the time, for Ari, and for Ari’s donor and family. We’ve been thinking about them, their sacrifice, their sorrow and their immense kindness nonstop. And will every day for the rest of our lives,” his family wrote on Facebook.
According to an update shared early Saturday morning, Ari’s surgery was a success and he is now recovering.
"His chest is still open and he will be paralyzed and sedated for days. He has a long road ahead of him but today begins the journey and now we take it one day at a time," the family wrote.
211 days ago Ari was officially listed for a heart transplant. Today the counting stops. Posted by Ari "Danger" Schultz on Friday, March 3, 2017
If praying is what you do, now is the time, for Ari, and for Ari's donor and family. We've been thinking about them, their sacrifice, their sorrow, and their immense kindness non stop. And will every day for the rest of our lives.
Now, for Ari, it's go time.