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UPDATE: Jhett Skaggs benefit auction

Lawton_UPDATE:  Representative Don Armes informed 7News that Jhett Skaggs completed surgery early Thursday morning and is recovering nicely.  The benefit auction raised over $100,000 in donations to assist the family.  You can count on us to keep you updated on his progress.

A ten month old boy, in need of a heart transplant finally has a donor.  Jhett Skaggs, whose grandparents are from Grandfield got the good news Wednesday morning and Jhett is now undergoing surgery.  But, he still needs help.

Jhett has a rare heart disease that causes it to pump poorly which will cause it to eventually give out.  Unfortunately the condition took its toll and the child had to have a prosthetic heart transplant while he and his family waited for a human heart to replace it.  Word spread and now people are lending their financial support to the family.  Now, more and more are getting involved in a special benefit dinner and auction to help fill the family's need. 

The ten month old has endured what most will never endure in their entire lifetime and experts predicted his condition would eventually result in heart failure.  So, while Jhett is in surgery, others are gearing up for the fundraiser.  "There's no way a family can afford something like this," says Representative Don Armes.  "You can have the best insurance in the world and this is just a huge hurdle - the finance of that.  We're just trying to help."

Armes will auction off dozens of items including jewelry, art and even cattle.  It's the agricultural ties that Jhett's parents have with rural Oklahoma that has brought everyone together.  Armes says it's the code of the west to band together like this.  "Just the way we do it out in the country," he says. 

Another way of the west is a good old steak dinner which is what's on the menu tonight.  Event organizer Kent Holloway says this is just his way of helping out a friend in need.  Everyone is hoping the community can make it to the auction.  The money will go to help the family as they go through this difficult time.

Jhett's parents are waiting anxiously in a Houston hospital while he's in surgery which should last until midnight.  The auction is set to begin at 7pm at the Comanche County Fairgrounds in the South Annex.  Those wishing to donate can also bid online at www.jhettskaggsbenefit.com.

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