Boy’s Santa letter: ‘I want a healthy heart for my mom’

Posted at 12:02 PM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 12:02:27-05

HOUSTON, Texas - A 12-year-old Texas boy is hoping for a true Christmas miracle, and he's turning to Santa Claus for help.

Arnulfo Guerra Jr. wrote a letter to Santa asking for his mother to get the heart transplant she needs.

The letter read:

Dear Santa,

I believe in you and the miracles, Santa I don't want toys for me, only I want a (healthy) heart for my mom, she's sick, her diagnostic is transposition of the great (arteries) (T.G.A). I'm sad for her she's 46 years and I only 12, next March 18 I will be 13 teen, we need her for many years more, me and my Dad pray all days for mom. Only I want is to see my mom (healthy) and happy.

Thanks Santa,

Love you!!

When firefighters from the Channelview Fire Department read the letter, they knew they had to help.

On Friday, they visited Guerra's family to drop off presents and provide words of encouragement.

"For him to completely to be selfless and not ask for anything else other than his mom to be healthy for Christmas," said paramedic Katya Garza. "You know, it really put us back."