A firefighter surprise! Boy leaves hospital after heart transplant to find his heroes waiting outside

A firefighter surprise! Boy leaves hospital after heart transplant to find his heroes waiting outside
Firefighters surprise Lincoln Hopper as he leaves Le Bonheur Children's Hospital June 25, 2020. (Source: Angie Church Jones)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - It was a really big day for one little boy in Memphis.

After nearly 10 months at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Lincoln Hopper walked, or rather pedaled, out the front doors Thursday.

Lincoln, who turns 3 in November, was at Le Bonheur since Sept. 7, 2019.

We first shared Lincoln’s story in March after Memphis firefighters from Station 7 surprised him with his very own hat. They would visit again with a pint-sized jacket.

Look at that smile! 🥰🥰🥰 Two-year-old Lincoln Hopper has been at Le Bonheur since September waiting for a new heart. ...

Posted by WMC Action News 5 on Monday, March 2, 2020

“There is good in this world! There is good in Memphis!” said Angie Church Jones, Lincoln’s grandmother.

Lincoln underwent his long-awaited heart transplant in May, and on Thursday he pedaled his tricycle through the hospital doors to find his firefighter buddies waiting outside to wish him well.

Doctors and nurses from the hospital joined Lincoln’s parents, Chelsey Cunningham and Zach Hopper, and his sister, Lynlee, for the farewell.

It was a BIG day for Lincoln Hopper. After nearly 10 months in the hospital, he's going home! We first shared his...

Posted by WMC Action News 5 on Thursday, June 25, 2020

Lincoln, we’re wishing you a happy, healthy life!

You can follow Lincoln’s story. His family has a Facebook page -- Prayer & Uplifting Words for Lincoln - Heart Warrior -- where you can see pictures and share messages of encouragement.

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