Her Son Needed Help - Even Mom Was Stunned By What Ellen Did
When Tayt and his mother got the call from Ellen DeGeneres in 2013 they had no idea their lives would take a drastic turn. Ellen took Tayt under her wing and what's happened since has been amazing.
Screenshot via YouTube A Life Of Hospital Trips
Little Tayt was born with just half a heart. His life has been a montage of hospital trips, heart attacks and recovery.
Screenshot via YouTube The Surprises Begin
Despite the odds he was facing, Tayt's only wish was to meet his "girlfriend" Ellen in real life.
Ellen got word of their story and took it upon herself to help as much as she could. When Ellen called Tayt and his mother Chrissy to let them know they were invited to the show, they were thrilled!
Screenshot via YouTube Meeting Ellen For The First Time
Ellen brought them both to her studio in California. Then she sprung the first batch of good news - Tayt would be her VIP guest to the premiere of Finding Dory in 2017.
Since it was so far in advance, Ellen told Tayt that he would need to stay strong until that day. Then she presented the pair with a check for $10,000 to help make that happen.
Screenshot via YouTube Over The Years
From 2013 to 2015 Tayt and Chrissy were invited to Ellen's show three times. Each time they met it was clear to see that Tayt and Ellen were truly enamored with each other!
Screenshot via YouTube The Call They Were Praying For
As they years went by, Tayt slowly moved up the heart donor list. Then one day they finally got they call.
Tayt and Chrissy had to be at the hospital within five hours to get his new heart. This was the moment they had been waiting for!
Screenshot via YouTube Ellen Was There Every Step Of The Way
Of course Ellen found out about this joyous day and reached out on social media to send prayers his way.
Heart transplants usually take four to six hours, so the more that people kept Tayt in their thoughts, the better.
Screenshot via YouTube The Hard Part Was Over
After the long day in surgery, Tayt came out stable and relatively healthy. That's all his loving family could ever ask for.
Screenshot via YouTube A Strong Recovery
With millions of people keeping Tayt in their prayers, he kept getting stronger and stronger as the days progressed. His heart filled with the same loving glow as it did before.
Screenshot via YouTube Everyone Was Touched By Tayt's Story
And when it was finally time for Tayt to leave the hospital, everyone gathered around to give him an exuberant farewell!
Screenshot via YouTube Another Amazing Meeting With Ellen
Tayt healed from his surgery and was invited back to Ellen's show once again. As soon as he saw her, Tayt's face lit up like an angel.
Screenshot via YouTube This One Was Full Of Surprises
Even though Tayt was accustomed to Ellen's amazing surprises, this visit would top them all.
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Just The Start
To help Tayt and his family pay off some of their medical bills, Ellen and Shutterfly surprised the family with another check this time for $20,000.
Chrissy was left speechless!
Screenshot via YouTube Another Trick Up Her Sleeve
But it didn't stop there! Ellen had one more thing to show them...
Screenshot via YouTube The Biggest Shock Yet
Ellen unveiled that they were the owners of a brand new car!
Chrissy had explained earlier that they take a grueling 500-mile round trip to visit Tayt's doctors every other week and they had become the very definition of "road warriors."
Screenshot via YouTube A Perfect Ride For Tayt
Ellen wanted to make the trip a little easier on them so she outfitted the car with everything Tayt could ever want, including an iPad, more cozy Dory gear and a photo collage of him and his "girlfriend" Ellen.
Screenshot via YouTube He'll Be A Fan And Friend Forever
Tayt and Ellen have a special friendship that is like no other! She took the time to make a true difference in their lives and for that, Tayt and his mom will be forever grateful.
Screenshot via YouTube Watch The Whole Story Here
If you'd like to see more of Tayt and Ellen's story, click the Play on the video below. But grab some tissues before you do, you're definitely going to need it!
VIDEO Tayt's New Lease On Life
Thanks to Ellen's genuine caring personality and Tayt's strength, the two will be remain close for years to come. Recovery will take perseverance and determination but we all know Tayt has the heart to do it!