VALHALLA, N.Y. – Tyler Mejorado went through the biggest moment of his young life just over a year ago when he received a life-saving liver transplant. On Monday, the 11-year-old was honored by the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla after being named the 2012 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion for New York State.
“It’s really a huge honor, not everyone has this opportunity,” Mejorado said.
Mejorado, from Fishkill, N.Y., was operated on at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in April of 2011. He received a new liver after being diagnosed with a liver condition at the age of 6. On the morning of his surgery, Mejorado mustered the strength to participate in the hospital’s Go-the-Distance fundraiser walk in order to show his support for the hospital that cared for him during his treatment.
Due to his effort, Mejorado was chosen as the ambassador for New York by the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals across the nation. Mejorado will travel to Washington D.C. in September to share his story with members of the medical field and other children affected by medical challenges.
Tyler’s father, Rene Mejorado, said Monday’s event for his son was just another example of a tragic situation turned into a positive.
“I’m very proud of Tyler and all of the great opportunities that he has had over the last few years,” Rene Mejorado said. “Words can’t even express my feeling today.”
Tyler, an aspiring musician and actor, performed a song Monday for members of the hospital that he wrote and recorded while recovering from his surgery at the children’s hospital. Laurie Park, the music therapist at the hospital, said Mejorado was able to use his musical talents to take his mind off the unfortunate ordeal he was going through.
“It’s really amazing how he was able to focus his energy on music and distract him from the pain and relax him,” Park said. “This situation has taught him so much about dealing with challenges and I’m excited to see where he goes in life.”
A year after his surgery, Tyler is excited for the future and says he couldn’t feel better.
“I feel wonderful, 110 percent,” Mejorado said.