A few weeks ago we shared an interview we did with Jacob Morris. Morris competed in the Teenage Boys 16-17 division at the 2019 CrossFit Games. Morris placed 7th overall, all while competing with a heart defect.
Last month Morris underwent heart surgery.
Four days ago Morris posted an update on Instagram. In his post Morris said his experience was a little different than other people he had met that also underwent heart valve replacement surgery.
Morris commented, “I can say from what I can see my experience was different. I was in the hospital longer than them. My heart has had a much harder time functioning the way it is supposed to. I also have some stuff going on with my liver and spleen. I’ve been told that could be because of the valve leaking so much.”
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I haven’t really posted about my surgery. I kind of needed time to process everything. It hasn’t been the easiest 4 weeks. Lots of ups and downs. I do see that I’m making a turn for the better these days and felt it was time to share more. These photos are of me exactly 4 weeks ago. I really don’t really remember the first few days with all the medication. I also lost a lot of blood and I’m sure that is a factor into how out of it I was. I just remember sleeping a lot. I know a few people who have had a valve replacement and I can say from what I can see my experience was different. I was in the hospital longer than them. My heart has had a much harder time functioning the way it is supposed to. I also have some stuff going on with my liver and spleen. I’ve been told that could be because of the valve leaking so much. This story is far from done. I still have 8 more weeks until I’m even cleared to think about working out. Especially with how my heart function is still not where it should be. But today I feel good. I feel healthy. I feel thankful. I feel loved by so many. Being as vulnerable as I am in these photos really puts things into perspective. I have never felt closer to God than I do now. I feel like God has been showing me I am so much more than an athlete and good at CrossFit. I feel He is setting a path for me in all of this. I for sure know now I want to be a nurse after experiencing all the amazing nurses at APH. I am thankful this happened. I know it is making me into who God wants me to be. #heartwarrior #rossprocedure #col323 #crossfit #crossfitgamesathlete
This morning we learned that Jacob had passed away due to complications following his heart surgery.
Morris was part of the CrossFit WaterSide family. Cassidy Lance-McWherter, owner of CrossFit WaterSide, coached Morris throughout his journey to the CrossFit Games.
Lance-McWherter has set up a GoFundMe page for Jacob’s family. So far over $4,000 has been donated.