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Stephens County child passes away after heart transplant

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STEPHENS COUNTY, Okla._Unfortunate news out of Stephens County involving a baby who had received a heart transplant.

Adreyan Bayones passed away in his sleep Sunday morning; he was just 18 months old. After the heart transplant, his body seemed to be adapting to his heart, but all along, his doctors had warned that rejection was always a possibility.

It's tough to put yourself in the shoes of the grandparents who are mourning but they must also be there for their daughter, Leah. Like the old saying goes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and you could see that light when the grandparents looked back at their memories of little Adreyan.

"He would play and chase balloons and watch TV and when he came here you would never know he had a heart transplant. Once he came home you would never know he had a heart transplant. He was all over the place," said grandfather Ed Bayones.

"All I have to do is look at a specific toy or something like that or her and I'll just think of him. I'll be smiling," said grandmother Trish Bayones.

Once Adreyan recovered from the heart transplant they say he acted like any baby would. He would crawl around, play with toys and would pal around with his 2-year-old aunt Macy.

"Oh...they were buddies. Oh yeah they were like best friends. She called him baby. Matter of fact she just saw this picture today and goes sissy and baby," said the grandparents as they reflected on the bond between Macy and Adreyan.

Now the focus is turned on helping their daughter who had to spend Mother's Day not only grieving the death of her son, but also not even able to see him. In Oklahoma, when a child dies the area is automatically deemed a crime scene.

"We weren't even allowed in the house for quite awhile. We had to stay out in the drive way and wait on the police to do what they had to do," said Ed Bayones. "That was pretty hard, because I needed to see him for my own closure with him. Leah wanted to be able to go in there and say her piece but we weren't allowed to so that was pretty difficult."

Times have continued to be tough for the family; Leah had just recently scaled back on work to take care of Adreyan more. That has hurt financially as she now looks to pay for a funeral she did not expect.

They have reopened the benefit page they had when trying to fund his heart procedures. If you'd like more information on how to help check out their Facebook page, donations are also accepted at BancFirst.

The exact cause of Adreyan's death has not been determined, the family is waiting on the state medical examiner to finish their investigation.


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