Family prays for new heart for adopted son this holiday

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

WFAA

Posted on December 21, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 21 at 6:40 PM

DALLAS -- Two-year-old Sawyer Jones hospital room has become his home.

He's been at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas since Aug. 21 and can't leave unless he gets a new heart.

"We would love for Santa Claus to bring us a new heart for Sawyer, and pray that he gets his new heart and he's healthy and strong and able to go home soon," said his mother, Shellie.

The family's journey began when Shellie and her husband, Dallas Police Officer Patrick Jones, decided to adopt children.

First, they adopted 4-year-old Patrick when he was an infant. Then, they adopted Sawyer. Both were adopted through the Gladney Center in Fort Worth.

Just before Sawyer was born, they learned he had a two holes in his heart. They could have backed out of the adoption, but didn't.

"We went ahead and adopted Sawyer knowing he had a heart condition, because we felt God sent him to us," Ofc. Jones said.

Shortly after Sawyer was born, he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle.

In August, he had to get a device to help pump blood into his system called a "Berlin heart." The medical bills have mounted into the thousands.

Dallas police officers have helped raise more than $13,000 to help through the Dallas Police Association Assist the Officer Fund and the Dallas Fraternal Order of Police.

“That bond between us brothers and sisters on DPD is enormous," Ofc. Jones said.

The family said prayer is what helps them get through; leaving the Bible by Sawyer’s bed opened to Isaiah 41:10.

"It says, 'Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God,'" Shellie read.

The Jones also adopted 4-year-old Parker as an infant. He's been diagnosed with autism.

The family said there are many challenges with both their adopted sons, but feel this is God's plan.

“Even with everything we have been through, if we had to make the decision to adopt Sawyer or not, there is no doubt we would still say yes," Shellie said.

If you would like to donate to the family, you can go to Assist the Officer Foundation at this link, click on "donate now" and enter “Jones Family.” Donations can also be mailed to the foundation at 1412 E. Griffin St. Dallas, Texas 75215. Put “Attn: Jones Family” on the envelope. For more information call 214-747-6839.

E-mail rlopez@wfaa.com

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