When baby Oliver was born seven weeks premature with a bad heart, doctors expected the worst. But just six days later, Oliver became the youngest person to ever receive a heart transplant.
Caylyn Otto says the nightmare began during a routine ultrasound. That’s when doctors discovered Oliver’s heart was very weak and abnormally large.
“We were crushed, scared,” Otto said after being told Oliver would likely be stillborn. “I shook my stomach every day and poked around trying to get a movement.”
At 33 weeks, Otto’s water broke – the baby was coming.
“I thought that was it. I woke up screaming, screaming,” Otto said. “I just kept saying, ‘This is it. I just lost him.'”
Otto was rushed to the hospital for an emergency delivery.
“He came out blue,” Otto said. “I just kept saying, ‘Why isn’t he crying? Why isn’t he crying?'”
A few seconds later, doctors took Olver in to the other room. That’s when the impossible happened; Oliver started crying. He was determined to live. He was then placed on the transplant list for a new heart, and without it, his chances were virtually none.
That’s when a second miracle happened – a perfect match was found almost immediately. At six days old, Oliver got his chance at life.
“It’s just an amazing sight to give a family basically a normal baby,” doctors said. “They have a normal baby. They had no chance, no shot before that.”
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Oliver is now 2 months old, and is doing better than ever.
“I look at him and just say, ‘You’re my hero,'” Otto said.