11-year-old awaiting heart transplant gets room makeover – KMOV.com

Alec Ingram's room makeover (Credit: KMOV)Alec Ingram’s room makeover (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – An organization brought a smile to a Washington, Missouri boy’s face by transforming his room while he awaits a heart transplant.

News 4 viewers first met Alec Ingram in May. He had just beaten osteosarcoma when, on Easter, his heart failed and he had to spend nearly two months in the hospital.

While he was in the hospital, his life-sized cutout attended his classes at Immanuel Lutheran so the 11-year-old could still feel like part of the group.

Last month, the cancer returned to Alec’s lung. Doctor’s removed the tumor and he is now waiting on a heart transplant.

When Jenny Diel, director of the Clayton Chapter of Special Spaces, a group that does bedroom makeovers for kids with serious illness, heard about Alec she knew she had to transform his room.

“Having a special space to rest, and to heal, and to feel good about physically changes you. It makes you feel happier and healthier and you start healing from that,” she said.

With help from several businesses and volunteers, Diel was able to completely change Alec’s room, and he loved it.

“Being in a hospital, to come home to that…is amazing,” Alec’s mom, Jennifer, said.

For Diel it’s about meeting families at the worst time and giving them something to smile about.

“When he comes in the room and sees that place it’s like poof! We’ve done our job,” said Diel.

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