Liam enjoys a hug with his father, Gabe Semple, and his sister, Maleah, upon his homecoming from the Boston Children’s Hospital, where he received a heart transplant and in-patient care for over a year. PHOTO COURTESY OF BECKY BUNKER

Lamoine boy has a new heart and renewed lease on life



LAMOINE — Just in time for the holidays, Liam Semple is home with his family. After a hospital stay that lasted over a year and resulted in heart transplant surgery, the five-year-old boy now has a healthy heart and is back with his loved ones.

Liam was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a condition that affects the development of his heart, and heterotaxy, a rare syndrome that caused an abnormal arrangement of his internal organs.

In September 2020, Liam entered the Boston Children’s Hospital following a heart valve complication that required an unplanned surgery. He was told he would need a heart transplant.

He remained in the hospital until last week, with his mother, Jamie Brzozowski by his side. His father, Gabe Semple, and sister, Maleah Semple, visited when they could.

In August, Liam was the recipient of a healthy heart and underwent successful transplant surgery. He continued to receive post-op care in Boston before getting word that he could go home.

The family reunited in a home they are newly renting in Lamoine. Efforts have been made to build the family a new home as their previous house was not suitable for Liam’s health due to numerous issues, including mold.

Liam’s grandmother, Becky Bunker, described with a laugh her grandson’s new-found energy as, “Somebody put a wind-up in that boy, and he goes 100 everywhere.”

Rebecca Alley

Rebecca Alley

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Rebecca is the Schoodic-area reporter and covers the towns of Eastbrook, Franklin, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor and Trenton. She lives in Ellsworth with her husband and baby boy who was joyously welcomed in June 2020. Feel free to send tips and story ideas to [email protected]

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