UPDATE: McCallie student Will Hunt, who received a heart transplant in November of last year, is home.
Hunt's family confirmed the news of his homecoming.
A video of the 16-year-old singing Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved" from his Vanderbilt hospital bed before the surgery went viral on social media, generating a lot of attention across the country.
Will's brother Mac Hunt posted the video online to wish Will a speedy recovery. Their McCallie classmates continued to share the video in hopes of catching Ellen's attention.
Almost a month after Mac's efforts began in October, the Hunt Family received news that Will would be getting the heart he was waiting for.
The surgery was a success and the teenager is back home in Chattanooga.
PREVIOUS STORY: Channel 3 has learned that McCallie student Will Hunt received the new heart he has been waiting for.
A message from The Bright School reads, "We are happy to let you know Bright School graduate Will Hunt is in the midst of his heart transplant. This good news is accompanied, of course, with our thoughts and prayers for the donor's family, who have suffered a great loss."
Channel 3 is informed Hunt is out of surgery and his new heart is beating on its own. A post from his family reads, "At 2 a.m. this morning Will went into surgery for his heart transplant. At 10 a.m. his doctors reporters that he was off the pump and his heart was beating on its own. Will is now out of surgery and headed to Vanderbilt Children's ICU with a brand new healthy heart. Prayers have been answered. And now, the healing can begin. #WillPower"
The Bright School is collecting donations and organizing a Thanksgiving dinner for the Hunt family while at the hospital.
"In any situation like this there's joy but also there's tragedy and sorrow and so we are thinking of that family as well," said OJ Morgan, head of the Bright School.
A video of 16-year-old Hunt singing at Vanderbilt Hospital was shared on social media and generated a lot of interest across the county, prompting a heartfelt response from Maroon 5's lead singer, Adam Levine.
GREAT NEWS: I was just told McCallie Student in viral @adamlevine video is getting a new heart! Transplant surgery happening w/in hours. ??????
PREVIOUS STORY: A heartfelt video of a young Chattanooga man facing surgery continues to go viral. McCallie sophomore 16-year-old Will Hunt was diagnosed with heart failure. He recorded the video at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. It has been viewed on YouTube over 6,000 times.
Will's brother, Mac Hunt posted the video online to wish Will a speedy recovery. Their McCallie classmates continue to share the video in hopes of getting Ellen's attention.
The night before major surgery Will Hunt started doing what he loves most, singing. Sounds of his version of Maroon Five's "She Will be Loved" filled the ICU. “That is one of his favorite songs. He started singing with his dad on the guitar and Mac videotaped it. They put it on Twitter and it blew up,” said Will’s cousin Wyatt McVay. The YouTube video has been viewed and retweeted thousands of times.
“It is crazy. I always knew he would be discovered for his singing. But I never knew it would be like this.”
Will sings for the men's choir at McCallie. He and his best friend spend any free time they have singing. “I knew it, I knew it. Whatever condition he was in I knew that was one thing he would do, is sing,” said his best friend Cameron Stewart.
His buddies want to give him some encouragement and help make sure he fights through this difficult time. “We support him, all of us love and care about Will,” said sophomore Harris Lail.
“I hope you get better and I hope you become famous like you always wanted to be,” said classmate Stuart McGuire.
Will still has a long road ahead. He remains in the hospital until he receives a heart transplant. “He's in good spirits, not sad. Always happy and laughing,” said his cousin.
The sophomores agree school isn't the same without him, and they're ready for his homecoming back to McCallie. “He is an inspiring person, a great person, with a great voice. Beautiful voice. He is a person that stands out,” said Stewart.
Will has performed in several McCallie talent shows, and his songs have been viewed by thousands on YouTube. He's also on the Stingray's All-Star Cheerleading Team.