Tucker’s Story Continued – Parents Thank Law Enforcement Agencies, Community For Support

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- We brought you Tucker Lane's story back in October. Now, his parents want to share the rest of it, and thank the multiple law enforcement agencies and the community for their help in getting to where they are.

"His organs were all opposite and mirror image, and his heart was on his right side instead of his left side," Tucker's mom Faith Stapler says.

Tucker was also born without a spleen.

Soon after he was born on October first he was taken to the children's hospital in Birmingham.

That's where dad Matt Lane, Faith, and Tucker stayed. "Most of his life he's spent in the hospital," Faith says.

"When we first found out we didn't know what we were going to do money-wise," Matt says.

Matt is a deputy for the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

That job led to something he didn't expect.

"The department came and said 'here, we're doing this for you, we've collected this money and we got more coming and we got more coming,'" Matt says.

Officers and deputies from different agencies around the Huntsville area put on benefits and did what they could to help.

A friend of Matt's who went to the police academy with him played in a benefit at Sammy T's in Huntsville for free.

All of the money went to Tucker's medical bills.

That was seven months ago.

Looking at Tucker then and Tucker now would make you smile.

"His last cardiology appointment, the doctor said they never expected him to look the way that he did on his x-rays," Faith says, "He looks good."

Tucker still has to take multiple medications each day, and at times is hooked up to tubes.

But he's a strong little boy, and he's growing fast.

His parents say it's been a long road to this point, and that journey still hasn't come to an end.

But they've made turns, taking them in stride with law enforcement agencies and the community helping them.

"If we didn't have that money we wouldn't have made it," Matt says.

For Matt, who spends his life serving others. That outreach was in his words - incredible.

"Normally I'm used to giving to the community, and in return I had the community give to me this time," Matt says, "It's great."

Tucker will be eight months old next month.

Faith says he still has a surgery scheduled.


  • Sue

    I wish Tucker well! What a hard beginning and fight he had so far. He is so cute! Great uplifting story. Best wishes Tucker!!! You had made an amazing turn around.

  • Jimmy Stapler

    Tucker has touched so many hearts, I couldn’t tell you how many people have prayed for Tucker. At least 4 times I know of he had to fight for his life and without the prayers we would have lost him. Tucker has gone into cardiac arrest twice, then one time his mother and I had to rush him to Birmingham his oxygen level had gotten so low we thought we would lose him before we could get him to the hospital, and then when he had his diaphragm surgery his heart rate had gotten so high the doctors were just waiting on his heart to stop, again prayers pulled Tucker through. Nobody can tell me prayer does not work, Tucker’s life is proof of that. I thank WHNT for running these stories on Tucker, it seems WHNT really cared about this baby and it touches my heart. Prayers need to go out to so many more children, personally I never knew about so many sick children in Birmingham and all over, these little babies need every prayer people can put up. Thank you again WHNT and everyone who has said a prayer for my very much loved grandson.

    Jimmy Stapler

  • Sue

    Yes I completely agree! The power of prayers are awesome! Tucker obviously has had a lot said for him. My prayers and thoughts are for him also. GOD is listening and watching over him for sure.

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