ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — The U.S. Coast Guard granted a wish to an ailing North Carolina boy over the weekend.
7-year-old Isaac Simmons of Archdale, North Carolina has a rare heart condition called Hypo-Plastic Right Heart. The Make-A-Wish Foundation and Coast Guard helped him live his dream of being part of a rescue helicopter crew.
The crew took Simmons in a Jayhawk over the Outer Banks for a mock search for a distressed swimmer. Isaac got to wear a flight suit and a headset and learned the proper calls.
“Isaac has been telling us for several years that he wants to be a rescue pilot. It’s been amazing,” said Elizabeth Simmons, Isaac’s mother. “We thought [the Coast Guard] was just going to show him around, we didn’t know he would be getting into a plane!”
According to Coast Guard officials, Isaac was greeted by a cheering crowd and the air station’s commanding officer, who welcomed him back and presented him with awards and a set of naval aviator wings.
“All this was amazing. The Coast Guard here went above and beyond everything that we thought could happen,” said Ryan Simmons, Isaac’s father. “Everybody was wonderful, and this has just been a great experience and the time of his life.”