Giving A 'Heart' For A Heart


Tuesday, January 25th 2011, 4:42 pm
By: News 9


Gan Matthews, News 9

ADA, Oklahoma -- Three-month-old Emma Stewart was born with only a partial heart. She and her parents now live in Dallas while they wait for a new heart for Emma.

Her grandfather, Scott Estes, lives in Ada.

"The pressing need at this moment is a new heart," he said. "Without it she will not be able to survive."

Estes' co-worker, Cheryl Yott, has a bull calf named Tinman because of the heart-shaped birthmark on his forehead.

"I could not sell him with the heart on the head because in my heart I knew there was a special purpose for this cow," Yott said.

She decided, instead of selling him, to make him the grand prize at a dinner and auction to raise money for the Stewart family.

"It would mean so much more to her," said Yott. "And I feel like this is something God wants me to do."

The dinner and auction will be February 11 at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Ada where Tinman will be the grand prize.

Estes said a photo of Tinman sits atop Emma's hospital bed in Dallas.

Many people are also helping to raise money for the family by buying wristbands that say "Hope For Emma's Heart."

For more information on the dinner and auction, e-mail EmmasHeart@citizensada.com