Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 11, 2011

‘Everything looking good’ for local transplant recipient

KATE COIL
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WELCH — A McDowell County boy in need of a transplant received his new heart, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Logan Kidd, 13, of Welch received a donated heart at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh around 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning after 15 days waiting for a transplant.

According to his mother, Amy Potter, Logan is now resting up and the family will be staying in Pittsburgh for a while to make sure he is healthy.

“It was really quick; they were really surprised,” Potter said. “He’s going to sleep for a while, but everything is looking good right now. He went into surgery early this morning and we got to see him at 9 a.m. They aren’t letting him wake up just yet. He’s heavily sedated right now and will be for 24 hours so he can rest and recover.”

Potter said Logan had been surviving on a LVAD heart pump and prayers from   family, friends and well-wishers in McDowell County.

According to Potter, the support of the McDowell County community kept her and her son going throughout the ordeal.

“It’s a blessing,” Potter said. “All of the prayers are the biggest thing. The prayers have gotten us here. I feel really blessed. All of the people from the community got us this far. God did a great job. We’re just so blessed and thankful for the people at home and here at the hospital. The people at the hospital were really terrific. They’ve been wonderful. They’ve been with him through everything and they’ve been so nice.”

Potter said the family received news that a heart had been found for Logan Wednesday afternoon and he went into surgery around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

“When they told us, he was laughing and crying,” Potter said. “We all were.”

The family will have to wait six months to find out the name of the donor,  but for now, they are just glad Logan is on the road to recovery.

Over the past week, students, businesses, and Department of Highway employees across McDowell County have shown their support for Logan by wearing blue — his favorite color.

“The McDowell County Department of Highways, where his grandpa works, has been very supportive,” Potter said. “The McDowell County National Bank has been very supportive. Logan’s youth group at the Havaco Community Church and tons of churches in the area have helped us. The DOH set up a program to wear blue and had a big turnout. I especially want to thank Eddie Asbury and Uncle David for their big support throughout this.”

Potter said the wearing blue trend started with Logan’s classmates at Mount View Middle School.

“The kids at his school started the wearing blue,” Potter said. “They made blue hearts and put them up everywhere. Our close family has made blue hearts and put them up in the window of our house until Logan comes home. Everyone in the county got involved.”

Even students at Welch Elementary, where Logan’s little sister Hailey attends, have been in on the action.

“Hailey and all of her friends at Welch Elementary have gotten into it,” Potter said.

According to Potter, Logan’s heart condition was completely unknown to the family until he went into surgery, with doctor’s believing his gallbladder was the cause of symptoms he was exhibiting.

Logan suffers from cardiomyopathy, also known as an enlarged heart, a serious medical condition where the heart muscle becomes in flamed and doesn’t work the way it should be. Cardiomyopathy weakens the heart, making it harder for the heart to pump and deliver blood throughout the body. Logan’s condition is one of the most severe cases of cardiomyopathy, requiring a heart transplant.

“We didn’t know he had a heart problem,” Potter said. “He as always a healthy little boy.”

Potter said family support his helped her and Logan get through the ordeal.

“Our whole family is very involved,” she said. “They stayed the whole weekend while he was in critical care.”

Potter said her son is “all boy” and is an honor student at Mount View Middle. Logan himself said he can’t wait to get back to school and especially  back to his science class, which is his favorite subject.

“I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up,” Logan said. “I have two dogs: Dyson and Duke. Dyson is a boxer and Duke is a red-nosed pit bull.”

In his spare time, Logan said he likes to play his Xbox and hunt with his grandfather and uncle.

He is also appreciative of all the support given to him back home and hopes to return there soon.

“I couldn’t do this without them,” he said. “I couldn’t do it without my mom either. I’m looking forward to coming back to school and seeing everyone.”

Potter said the family will be staying in Pittsburgh for nearly two months to make sure Logan’s new heart is working properly.

“He’ll be released in two weeks and we’ll stay near the hospital for a month and a half to make sure everything goes okay,” Potter said. “He’ll be tested weekly and have a few biopsies done. We have to stay close to the hospital during that time, but we’re looking forward to coming home.”

Community members continue to rally around Logan following his transplant. Members of Logan’s youth group in Havaco are planning a benefit rally in his honor at Johnnycake Church of the Living God on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Members of the Havaco Youth Group will be wearing their gray and navy “Chosen Generation” T-shirts in Logan’s honor.

— Contact Kate Coil at

kcoil@bdtonline.com