'We're Just Waiting for a Miracle': Navy Football Coach's Son Waits for New Heart
The Army-Navy football rivalry is one of the oldest and most storied in all of college sports.
The academies will play each other for the 118th time today, with the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy on the line.
Heading into the game, the Navy Midshipmen are receiving some inspiration from an unlikely source.
Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper's 14-year-old son, Jarren, is awaiting a heart transplant.
Jarren needs a new heart after complications from an August 4th procedure meant to correct an abnormally fast heart rhythm. While he waits for word on a possible transplant, he relies on a battery-powered device to keep him alive.
If a matching donor heart becomes available, the family will have just two hours to get to Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C.
"Right now, we're just waiting for a miracle," Jasper said.
The Navy players said they were inspired by Jarren and the Jasper family's strength in the face of adversity.
"It's showed us how to be strong, like how strong a family a family really can be when they're together," one player said.
"It was inspiring, because he came and showed up every day. And just to battle through adversity and come out on the other end strong," another said.
Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo said it has helped put things in perspective.
"I've been amazed by their strength, especially Jarren," Niumatalolo said.
Jasper said he's focused on his team's biggest game of the season, but the real victory he has his eye on is his son's health.
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