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Fox News anchor shares his son's heart journey in new book

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When Fox News anchor Bret Baier and his wife Amy welcomed their first child into the world, they found themselves facing so much uncertainty. Their son has a series of complicated heart problems, and would face years of surgeries, if he survived.

So Bret began documenting Paul’s story, hoping maybe it would one day help other parents.

On the second day of Paul’s life, back in 2007, the Baiers were told he might not survive. Bret says, “It was like a bomb went off in the room. And I remember all of those things, that moment, changing our lives. Because he essentially said if he didn't have surgery within days, he would die."

Paul was diagnosed with five congenital heart defects, and had the first of three open heart surgeries when he was just 12 days old. Doctors could not guarantee he would ever go home, and told the Baiers they were in for a long journey.

Amy Baier says, “It was really our worst nightmare, um it really ... you know, took the wind out of our sail. And um, you know it was absolutely heartbreaking."

Paul’s condition includes a complicated series of problems. Dr. Richard Jonas of Children’s National Heart Institute has treated Paul since birth, performing his delicate heart surgeries. One was called an arterial switch operation. Dr. Jonas explains, “Like the name implies, you have to switch around the main arteries, close off the holes in the heart, repair the aorta. So, you join the two ends of the interrupted aorta together. And, then, because part of his heart was quite underdeveloped, and he had an abnormal coronary artery, we had to jump over the abnormal coronary artery with a tube."

That tube is a donated human aorta from a baby It will not grow as Paul grows and will need to be replaced.

Bret says, “We had to have another open heart surgery at 10 months, and then he grew like a weed. And, he had a third open heart surgery just last September."

That surgery was a success, and Paul is now 6 and healthy, playing with his little brother Daniel. He may still need one or two more surgeries in the future. Bret says, "He said "Daddy, why do I have to go through all this heart stuff and the other kids in my class don't?" And I thought about it and I said "Well, God has a plan for you, and he's just testing you right now, and right now you're passing with flying colors."

Bret Baier has written a book about his son’s Journey, “Special Heart.” It included emails and letters Baier wrote to family and friends during their ordeal. All of the proceeds from the book will be donated to non-profit pediatric causes.

Bret and Amy Baier are hoping sharing their story will encourage other families facing some of the same tough questions they faced when Paul was born.

For more information on Bret Baier's book, click here.

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