SAN ANTONIO — About 200 people gathered to say goodby to 3-year-old "Baby Nicky," who lost his fight for life after two heart transplants at Loma Linda University Medical Center, including one heart believed donated by a Fullerton girl.
Rudy Nicholas Carrizales was eulogized at Saturday services by a family friend for his persistent courage and good nature.
"He kept the pure soul of God. He was a model of patience, of courage, of love," Robert Rosa said.
Nicky died Wednesday after undergoing two heart transplants within 24 hours last month at the Loma Linda University Medical Center.
He had been in critical condition since June 18, when the first transplant operation was performed, but had shown signs of improvement last week before his sudden death from what doctors believe was a fast-moving lung infection.
Parents of Allison McClennen, 2, of Fullerton, whose heart was donated to Loma Linda after she died in a hit-and-run traffic accident in front of her home, contend that Baby Nicky received their daughter's heart during the first transplant.