Tackling grief: Former BYU football player gives young boy a lift

HERRIMAN — The journey of a young boy with a failing heart captured the heart of a former BYU football player who asked if the two could meet. That visit lifted Mitchell Jones’ spirits during a time when he needed encouragement.

Last Thursday, the family postponed an operation to insert a Left Ventricular Assist Device into Mitchell’s heart that could prolong his life. Mitchell has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and the procedure has never been conducted on a child in his condition.

“Even with an LVAD, he faces a very difficult future as his muscles will continue to rapidly waste away,” explained Mitchell’s father, Chris Jones.

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