LAMAR COUNTY, AL - After doctors told a 15-year-old his heart is not good, neighboring communities do all they can to help raise money for a big procedure.
“I see my friends that are my age just having fun and doing other stuff and I'm just having to worry about all this,” said John Corbell of Sulligent, AL.
Corbell has been in and out of the hospital since he was six days old.
"It's been crazy, crazy, crazy emotional," said John's mother, Sabrina Corbell.
She shares beads from each and every doctors visit, therapy sessions, blood-work, and surgeries. Meanwhile, her son holds tight to a bunny he takes into every operating room since birth.
“As a mother though, it’s heart wrenching and nauseating to know what lies ahead,” said Sabrina.
Of course, any surgery like this comes with a price. Sabrina says the surgery her son needs could cost as much as half a million to one million dollars.
That is why Lamar County communities are stepping in to help.
“Just touching to know that everyone is there for me," said John.
Sulligent High School and the communities of Vernon and South Lamar have raised between $10,000 and $15,000.
While finding a match can take time and can be tricky, John's faith comes out.
“Just look at the bright side and all the stuff that God’s done for me. All the stuff he has gotten me through.”
John currently goes to a children's hospital to see his doctor but the hospital is not in his insurance company's medical network.
His mother says they may have to travel out of state to perform the surgery he needs.