The infant daughter of former Oklahoma Sooners offensive lineman Tavaris Jeffries received a heart transplant over the weekend and appears to be doing fine. This made Oklahoma’s double-overtime victory against Tennessee on Saturday all the more sweet, knowing that one of their own was going through a rough time and could use a pick-me-up.
The Oklahoman offered more on Jeffries and his daughter.
Only a few weeks after Taylor’s birth in May, doctors determined she had left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy. Essentially, the left side of her heart wasn’t pumping, forcing the right side to make up the difference and causing a cascade of issues.
Jeffries, who played at junior college before appearing in six games for the Sooners in 2009, gave up his pursuit of a career in semi-pro football early this summer to care for little Taylor and took to Twitter to offer an update on her condition.
Good morning, So last night Taylor got her new heart and everything went great! Thank everyone so much for your prayers and support!
— Tavaris M. Jeffries (@TunderRated_72) September 13, 2015
Campus Sports wishes Jeffries and his family the best along with the hope for a speedy recovery for Taylor.
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