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June 5, 2009

A tribute to our viewers and the American Spirit

Posted: 02:04 PM ET

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From the desk of Larry King:

While the debate rages on in America about how do we deal with illegal immigrants I must say the last week has shown we can put it aside when it comes to the America Spirit.

Many CNN viewers have been following the story of the an 18-year-old Guatemalan man who doctors say faces almost certain death unless he receives a transplanted heart here in the United States.

When I met Juan last Sunday in Atlanta I did not see his status, what I saw was a terrific young man and his family clinging to hope as he seeks a new heart. Initially, Juan just hoped to see his parent before he died, now he has a chance to live due to the outpouring of financial support from CNN viewers across the world. He still has a long way to go and he may still not make it but the fact our viewers made a decision to help this boy shows how great the American spirit is when it comes to valuing a life no matter what Juan's status.

We have a lot to work out in our country when it comes to immigrants and the impact on our health care system, but in this one case I think we should all be proud of what you have done.  I was honored to have my Foundation help get him to a hospital that could help and thankful for the viewers who are making a dying man's wish come true.

~ Larry

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Norren   June 7th, 2009 9:38 am ET

Thanks Larry for all the financial & moral support u have given to the teen boy from Atlanta. May u be richly blessed! From South Africa.


teddy   June 8th, 2009 12:29 am ET

hey juan you will be fine because god send you a life time gift and that is larry king. you will make it, and one day you will talk about it like the man infront of you. and may god be with you .


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