Dalton Igoe, 15, took a few steps in his hospital room since receiving a heart transplant, his aunt said Monday.
"He won't take pain medicine," Carol McMahon Confer said.
She doesn't know the reason.
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh doctors are "very pleased" with Dalton's recovery, McMahon Confer said. Dalton was to be detached from the various tubes monitoring and assisting his recovery on Monday, but he is tired and is not talkative, she said.
Dalton sat up for 15 minutes on Monday and may be transferred out of the intensive care unit to another room.
The Igoe family has begun to adapt to daily life stretched 100 miles from Altoona to Pittsburgh as Dalton recovers from his transplant on Saturday.
Dalton's sister, Delaney, 12, visited Dalton and her parents, who slept in Dalton's ICU room over the weekend, and Dylan, 9, is to visit his brother today. McMahon Confer said Delaney didn't know what to expect when she visited Dalton and said Dylan may not know what to expect when he visits.
McMahon Confer said she believes Dalton will leave the hospital in two weeks.
His father, Scott, is to return to work, but his mother, Dawn, who has not worked since Dalton was born, is to stay at a Pittsburgh Ronald McDonald House.
The Ronald McDonald house is a temporary home to families who have traveled to the city primarily for pediatric treatment at Children's Hospital.
Dylan, Delaney and the family dog, Tippi, have been staying at McMahon Confer's home. When their father resumes his engineering work in Altoona, the children will be juggled for two months between their father and aunt while their mother and Dalton stay at a Ronald McDonald House in Pittsburgh.
"They are shuffled out of their everyday lives," McMahon Confer said. "It's just the beginning. It's only been four days [since Dalton's operation]."
Some of the Igoe's friends are helping take Dylan and Delaney to their sports and extracurricular activities, McMahon Confer said. And she drives them to school every day before she goes to work as stylist and owner of Setz of Style.
McMahon Confer expects Dalton to return to Altoona in July, and said it will be good timing because his siblings will be out of school and can spend time with him.
McMahon Confer, who organized the benefit concert "Rock Dalton's Beat" on Saturday, estimates that donors at the benefit and donors who have contributed to the Dalton Igoe Fund at Investment Savings Bank, Eighth Avenue, have raised about half of the expenses not covered by Highmark.
The family said Highmark covers all but 20 percent, or about $200,000, of the total expenses related to the transplant.
Mirror Staff Writer Russ O'Reilly is at 946-7435.