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Youngsville boy copes with rare condition by cooking

Posted at 12:22 AM, Oct 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-14 01:32:10-04

A Youngsville boy who is awaiting a heart transplant has found hope in the kitchen.

Fourteen-year-old Hunter Henry calls Youngsville home, but he and his parents have been living in Houston since January.

Hunter was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and is awaiting a heart transplant.

To make the days pass quicker, he's picked up cooking

Hunter even has his own Youtube channel where he demonstrates how you can still enjoy Cajun favorites, like gumbo and jambalaya without all the salt.

"He learned how to cook it in a way that he really enjoyed that still tasted good to him with other seasonings," said Hunter's aunt, Robin Stokes. "In fact, he even grows his own herbs and spices."

The teenager says he's working on a cookbook and would like to someday meet celebrity chef Bobby Flay.

"It's something that has helped him kind of his boost his spirits and have something that he's excited about," said Stokes.

Although Hunter is missing home, he's received love and support throughout his journey, even capturing the attention of the Ragin' Cajuns football team.

"We heard about your story, and we're super inspired. We're super, super inspired by you. You're really showing strength and patience."

In a video message sent to KATC, Hunter expressed his gratitude.

"Thank y'all for all the cards, videos, everything, and go Ragin' Cajuns!"