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WATCH: Maltese Boy Returns Home With A New Heart And A Big Smile On His Face

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There were emotional scenes at the Malta airport today as Nigel, the young boy whose plea for a heart transplant touched the hearts of many, arrived back home after a successful operation. 

After spending 10 months in London awaiting a heart transplant, undergoing a major operation and recovering, Nigel received a hero’s welcome as he arrived back in Malta today. His family, friends and even President Marie-Louise Coleiro applauded and embraced him as he emerged from arrivals on his father’s shoulders, flashing his signature smile. 

“I feel so happy, I know people here were supporting me and other kids in my situation,” Nigel told Xarabank. “Now I feel like I can run as much I want and I don’t think I will ever stop. I would like to say thank you to the person who gave me his heart because he saved my life and allowed me to continue living and running.”

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Several thousands of people had watched Nigel’s Xarabank interview last year, in which he stoically said he is confident he will be able to get a heart transplant. 

“Sometimes my heart hurts a lot, and that’s when I cry,” Nigel said. “It would be hurting me a lot, and I would also be asking ‘Why is it hurting me?’ But then, when it stops hurting me, I stop crying. I only cry because I get worried that something is going to happen to me, but then I fight it and I tell myself nothing’s going to happen because Jesus is taking care of me.”

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