Brent William Vaughan was the firstborn son of Bill and Kathy Vaughan, and he came into this world on Easter Sunday, March 26, 1989. Yet shortly after his birth, young Brent was diagnosed with a terminal heart condition, leaving his parents the overwhelming task of deciding whether or not to put Brent on a list for a new heart.
In Apples from Heaven, author and mother Kathy Vaughan shares her intimate reflections on her son Brents life as he prepared to be one of the youngest heart transplant recipients in the world. Woven into Kathys heartfelt narrative are Brents own words, which she discovered in a touching autobiography he wrote in sixth grade shortly before his passing. Kathy now finishes Brents story in Apples from Heaven, a story of faith and trust in God, the only source of strength and comfort in times of difficulty and loss.
Brents life was characterized by a passion and a desire to experience all that he could. His clever wit and his appetite for learning made him a joy to be around. When Brent was faced with the devastating news of a failing heart at the age of twelve, he truly lived out his mottoto enjoy the time he had left. His faith in Jesus securely held him through his last nine months, and it gave those closest to him the ability to go on after he died.