Posted: 7:35 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013
By Rick Couri
Four months into her pregnancy, Aracelis Ortiz was told her baby had “short gut” syndrome.
That means the child’s intestines were outside his abdominal wall. That kept the baby from being able to eat or absorb any nutrition.
Doctors asked if she wanted to terminate the pregnancy, Aracelis was quick to say no.
“He’s coming with whatever he has,’’ she proclaimed.
Little Adonis Ortiz had his first when he was just four hours old. That was followed by several more and eventually his organs began to fail.
In October, doctors in Miami decided to take a risk and transplanted a liver, small and large intestines, stomach, and pancreas all at once. The surgery went so well Adonis will finally spend a Christmas somewhere other than a hospital.
“They would give us is a day pass, where he could go home for two hours, open his presents, and then come back,’’ Aracelis told The Miami Herald.
This year the smiling little boy will be at the Ronald McDonald House in Miami. Not all the way home, but better than beeping monitors and hospital beds.
Dr. Rodrigo Vianna performed the surgery, he expects Adonis to bounce back quickly. “He will be able to do everything that a regular child does,’’Vianna said proudly.