Published December 18, 2013
A little boy from Tampa has survived a five-organ transplant. Tuesday, his mother and doctors shared their medical miracle with the world.
Three-year-old Adonis Ortiz was born with his intestines outside his abdominal wall.
"Four hours after he was born, he had his first surgery," said his father Eximer Ortiz.
Adonis had "short gut syndrome," which meant he did not have enough intestine to absorb nutrients.
It means he has had to be fed intravenously all his life, and has never been able eat.
Then, his liver started to fail.
So in October, doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami did a rare, multi-transplant surgery. Adonis got a new liver, pancreas, stomach, and small and large intestines.
All the organs came from the same donor.
The surgery took six hours, and Adonis pulled through remarkably well.