After receiving a live-saving heart transplant when he was just 3 weeks old, a baby boy in Orange County, California, is a living medical miracle, CBS Los Angeles reports.
Baby, Dravyn Johnson, after being released from Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA on Wednesday, just 2 weeks after the procedure, is spending his first day at home with his family.
Nicole Eggleston, Dravyn’s mother, had to take care of him from inside a hospital room since his birth. Her third child, Eggleston found out while she was pregnant with Dravyn that he had a severe heart defect.
When Dravyn was just a few days old, he was transferred to the hospital in Westwood. Doctors discovered that his condition, pulmonary atresia, was worse than anyone had expected.
“His condition was very a severe desease that we were afraid the baby would die at any moment,” Dr. Brian Reemtsen, a pediatric heart surgeon, said.
Doctors decided to put Dravyn on the heart transplant list as he was too sick to have his heart repaired. Doctors warned that waiting time could be up to six months.
But miracles of miracles a heart became available in just two days.
Dravyn became the youngest heart transplant recipient at UCLA in 25 years at 3 weeks old. His new heart is the size of a strawberry.
While extremely rare, heart transplants have been done on infants even younger. Just last month, a 6-day-old premature baby received a heart transplant at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Doctors believe that may have been the record.
Two weeks after his surgery, Dravyn is on his way to recovery.
“He looks perfect. If you didn’t know any better, you wouldn’t know anything was wrong,” his mother said.
Although Dravyn is to remain on medication and will need follow-up appointments. Doctors expects his new heart to last up to 20 years before he’ll need another transplant.