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Mike Napoli visits young heart patient at Boston Children's Hospital

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Lacey Warner was born in West Virginia with a severe heart defect and at 9-months-old she was flown by helicopter to Boston Children's Hospital.

The family is there now at what they hope will be her last heart surgery.

"She’s in the cardiac ICU right now. It's going to be a long road to recovery,” Lacey’s mom Debbie Warner said.

After all the ups and downs the family's spirits have been lifted, all thanks to Red Sox player Mike Napoli.

“Lacey is in the Miles for Miracles program where someone will run the Boston Marathon in her honor. My husband Steve is a marathon runner. You have to raise $4,000, which is for the hospital,” Debbie said.

So the family reached out to Napoli. They'd never met the Red Sox player, but there is a connection.

"My sister and Mike Napoli's mom and I grew up together in South Florida," she said.

Napoli surprised them all, donating all $4,000 that was needed.

"It's pretty crazy. She’s been through a lot of surgeries and I like to help out any way I can,” Napoli said.

Right before Lacey's heart surgery at Boston Children's Hospital she got a huge surprise; a visit from Napoli himself.

"He walked in and her eyes got so big and she said ‘Mikey!’ she just loved it, she loved it. He brought her all new bedding for her hospital bed,” Debbie said.

He gave her autographed jerseys and hats, tickets to Red Sox games, more than the family could ask for.

"He’s really just the sweetest guy we just love him."

On the day of her surgery Napoli even wrote on her Facebook dedicating the game to her.

“Keep smiling Lacey, I aspire to be as strong as you,” he said.

You can follow along with her progress on Heart Hugs for Lacey on Facebook. Support the Warner family with their GoFundMe campaign.
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