Baby born with 2 holes in heart gets life-saving surgery

A baby boy in the valley fought for his life after doctors found a serious problem with his heart.

At just 5-months-old, baby Dax underwent open heart surgery.

It took a whole team of doctors and nurses to repair his heart and save his life.

"He was six weeks premature. I had an emergency C-section at 34 weeks," said Mia Andrews, Dax's mom.

Though he came early, baby Dax appeared healthy when he was born.

But soon afterward, he began breathing heavy and having trouble eating.

"They end up telling us he has two holes in his heart and eventually he's gonna have heart failure," said Mia Andrews.

One of the holes was preventing Dax's blood from pumping correctly through his body.

"The right ventricle eventually leads to the lung arteries or the pulmonary arteries and if there's too much blood going to the lung arteries that creates problems," said Dr. Ernerio Alboliras, pediatric cardiologist.

A team of doctors looked over Dax's case and realized there was only one option.

"We all realized that the only way were were gonna be able to help him was to take him to the operating room," said Dr. Randall Fortuna.

Fortuna performed the five-hour surgery at Cardon Children's Medical Center and repaired the hole in Dax's heart.

"Within four days he was smiling again at me, he was starting to take a bottle finally, and he wasn't doing that since he was born," said Mia Andrews.

The family is grateful for the team that saved Dax's life.

"They gave me every support...it's a blessing that we had him here," said Meldon Andrews, Dax's father.

Doctors say Dax will have to be monitored for the rest of his life, but so far he's doing well.
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