Five-month-old baby, Jack Palmer, is already breaking records. He is the youngest heart and lung transplant recipient in a decade. Jack was born with an extremely rare congenital heart defect that left him with only half a heart.
The CDC says less than a thousand babies a year are born with this condition. Doctors at St. Louis Children’s Hospital recommended a heart and lung transplant.
“In many ways he’s made history because I think this mode of therapy has not been considered much as an approach to taking care of kids with a condition like him, which otherwise has really dismal outcomes,” Dr. Pirooz Eghtesady of St. Louis Children’s and Washington University Heart Center says.
Since the surgery, Jack has been completely cured of his heart and lung defects. And doctors say he will thrive.
Jack’s mom is overwhelmed by the progress. “From being told he wouldn't survive, to here. We are planning a home, to needing a stroller, to needing all those things that we didn't think we would ever need… and it’s real,” Tiffany says.
The family is remembering to never to give up on the ones you love, even if it’s the littlest ones who need the biggest miracles.