A little boy from Tampa has survived a five-organ transplant. Tuesday, his mother and doctors shared their medical miracle with the world.
Three-year-old Adonis Ortiz was born with his intestines outside his abdominal wall.
"Four hours after he was born, he had his first surgery," said his father Eximer Ortiz.
Adonis had "short gut syndrome," which meant he did not have enough intestine to absorb nutrients.
It means he has had to be fed intravenously all his life, and has never been able eat.
Then, his liver started to fail.
So in October, doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami did a rare, multi-transplant surgery. Adonis got a new liver, pancreas, stomach, and small and large intestines.
All the organs came from the same donor.
The surgery took six hours, and Adonis pulled through remarkably well.
"His chances of rejection are under 10 percent, so I do think he has a very good chance to have a very good and normal life," said Dr. Rodrigo Vianna.
Adonis just celebrated his third birthday a little more than a week ago. Back at his home in Tampa, volunteers are feverishly working on thousands of dollars worth of upgrades to his house.
It has to be as sterile as possible for him.
"It touched me, that's why we're here doing what we need to do," said Richard Desarden.
Now his family is looking forward to a Christmas they weren't sure Adonis would be around for.
"With us, it's a gift, it's another birthday, he actually got to come this far. It's the same with Christmas, he actually got to get to Christmas," his mother Aracelis Ortiz said. "Every single Christmas he's had, he's always been in the hospital. At least he has another Christmas to celebrate."
"He's a really tough kid, he's a fighter he's a big fighter," his dad said.
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