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4-year-old granted wish to Disney World

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

After four years of being in and out of the hospital, a Region 8 family is going to the happiest place on earth.

The Nichols family was surprised Friday, at Discovery Island in Jonesboro, with a wish to go to Disney World.

Something Kyle Nichols said they look forward to after years of hospital stays.

Nichols’ son Hunter had a heart murmur when he was born.

“At 10 days old we were rushed to Le Bonheur hospital in Memphis, TN,” Nichols said. “He was diagnosed with tricuspid atresia.”

Hunter, 4-years-old, had his first open heart surgery when he was a month old.

“It's a miracle he made it through that,” Nichols said. “He's been through multiple heart surgeries since then, but he is finally repaired enough that he is doing good and excited to go to Disney World.”

The family brought Hunter and his two brothers to Discovery Island where Hunter thought he was judging an art competition.

After picking a winner, Hunter went outside to the playground where he was met by Mickey Mouse and his friends with a banner.

“We kept it a complete surprise from all the boys, so today is the first time they found out about it,” Nichols said.

Nichols said Hunter is most excited to see where Mickey lives.

“Mickey was with him through all of his surgeries at Le Bonheur’s, and he’s really been there to keep him calm,” Nichols said. “His little stuffed guy you’ve seen him running around with, he’s been there for him.”

Mom, Dad, Parker, Hunter, and Tucker leave for Florida next week.

Nichols said the whole family is looking forward to making memories that will outlast Hunter’s health complications.

“There’s a chance in the future he will have to have more surgeries, and you know only time will tell while trying to get him to adulthood,” Nichols said.

Discovery Island sponsored Hunter’s wish by raising $5,000.

Discovery Island sells stars and has change drives to raise money for Make-A-Wish.

Hunter is Discovery Island’s ninth wish to grant. 

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