Gravely Ill Baby Survives Against All Odds, Proving To Everyone That He's A Real Fighter
Stephanie George and her fiancé, Giovanni, could not wait to meet their baby. However, during her 30-week ultrasound, the mom-to-be received devastating news.
The couple was told that their unborn child had severe heart defects and he was likely to be born with some type of syndrome.
After meeting with a Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Eleanor Ross, Stephanie and Giovanni were given more information about their child's condition.
While sharing her story with LoveWhatMatters, Stephanie explained:
After another hour-long scan, she finally diagnosed his heart defects as Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV), Tetrology of Fallot (TOF), Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD – which means a hole in the heart), and Pulmonary Stenosis.
By the time she was 34 weeks pregnant, Stephanie discovered that her baby had stopped moving. A few days later, Sebastian was born weighing 3 pounds, 14 ounces. Almost immediately afterwards, he was taken away by the cardiology team to begin treatments.
Sebastian had to stay in the hospital for 100 days, which was heartbreaking for the parents. Even though he was also diagnosed with encephalopathy, an incurable brain disease, Sebastian was a fighter.
In those 100 days he showed us how to fight. He showed us how much our family needed him, needed strength, God, and each other.
The little one had his first heart surgery when he was only 11 days old and, at two months old, he had his second. He was eventually able to go home with his parents to recover and prepare for the third surgery when he turned 5 months old.
Even though there were several complications, Sebastian continued to make progress.
Stephanie was incredibly proud of how far her baby had come.
This was a baby that 9 out of 10 physicians expected not to survive past one month.
Sebastian turned one on October 3rd, 2018. He still has a long way to go but he has shown himself to be tough and brave so far. He has proven many people wrong and his parents are optimistic that he will continue to do so.
As for Stephanie, she revealed that she's incredibly grateful for her son.
Although his conditions mean there are going to be a lot of challenges in the way, she has chosen to stay positive and believe her child will conquer them all.