Baby in need of heart transplant recovering after surgery
By Beth Galvin, FOX Medical Team reporter - bio | email
A photo of Silas resting during his recovery on Saturday sent to FOX 5's Beth Galvin by the family
Family members released this photo of Silas before his surgery this week to FOX 5.
A Henry County baby is off his ventilator and is breathing on his own Saturday. He is recovering from surgery that doctors hope will buy him some time as he waits for a donor heart.
Silas Huffman has a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy, which means his heart is too large and too week.
On Thursday, doctors placed him on a Berlin Heart pump, which they hope will take over for his heart for the time being.
The 5-month-old boy's parents, Chris and Amanda Huffman, said they're amazed at how quickly Silas is recovering from the surgery.
"His heart is half the size it was when it was dilated, so it's kind of gotten back where it should be, as far as size-wise, which is the best news I've heard all day today," said Chris Huffman, who is the bass player in the Christian rock band Casting Crowns.
The Huffmans said they have been stunned by how many people have reached out to them on the Facebook pages of FOX 5 and Casting Crowns.
"It's unexplainable. They don't even know our boy, but they've just fallen in love with him," said Chris Huffman.
Amanda Huffman said, "It blows my mind that he is touching that many, in his five short months of life, he's touched people from all over. We got a letter from Australia yesterday."
Silas is now in the cardiac intensive care unit at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston after the 4.5 hour heart surgery to attach the Berlin Heart pump. It's outside his body and pumping for the swollen, weakened left side of his heart.
"From here we just wait until we get the phone call that they have a heart donor and they begin prepping for transplant," Chris Huffman said.
Amanda says she's torn about the next step for Silas.
"For a mom, when I'm praying, I'm praying for heart for heart for Silas," Amanda Huffman said. "But on the other hand, another family is going to have to lose a child. So, as a mom, how do you pray, how do you pray for that?"
The Huffmans have faith that Silas' miracle will come. Until then, they'll wait and they'll pray.
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