RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — There is a new update on Al J Jeffries the now 14-year-old who had a heart transplant last year at UNC Children’s Hospital.
Albert Jeffries, or Al J, who waited 13 years for a heart transplant, appeared in September with his mom on an episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
The Burlington teen was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy as a 3-month-old.
CBS North Carolina followed him every step of the way, including when Ellen invited him on her show.
Ellen gave Al J, his mom Tina and brother an all-inclusive six-night vacation to Maui, Hawaii.
They are there this week and shared several photos of the experience
His mom said they are being treated like royals and have a full list of excursions every day.
Al J wasn’t able to travel much during his recovery and had been dreaming of a beach vacation, his mother said.