HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Frantic parents are now thankful parents after their newborn son's life was saved recently.
State-of-the-art technology at Kapiolani Medical Center helped revive little Malachi Bost, and the hospital's work is getting rave reviews from medical experts on the mainland. It's life-saving technology and a baby who's being called "a miracle".
Keith Bost introduced me to his son by asking Malachai, "You want to wake up for daddy? All right. Don't worry about it. Go to sleep."
Malachi Doniel Bost was born November 12th at Tripler, with a condition called Meconium Aspiration.
Dr. Len Tanaka, a pediatric critical care doctor, says "During birth, if the baby is stressed, the baby makes poop, and that's meconium. Then, because the baby's in a close space, it can inhale the meconium."
It got into Malachi's lungs and he couldn't breathe. His mom, Chantey Bost, describes the situation, "I was crying like crazy. I thought that he probably wasn't going to make it."
Malachi's father could only watch as doctors tried to keep him alive. Keith says, "So many needles poking him so many times, just to try to get it. It was hard, but I had to toughen up and just watch so my little man would be all right."
The situation became so dire that Tripler doctors transferred the newborn to Kapiolani Medical Center, Hawaii's only facility with state-of-the-art technology called ECMO.
Dr. Tanaka told us, "It provides all the carbon dioxide, oxygen, gas exchange, all the things that your lungs would normally do but outside the body."
At first, Malachi's mom was unsure about it. Chantey says, "It was really rough getting used to this ECMO machine. I've never heard of it before, never seen it, you know, and have to put my child through it."
Then she decided it was probably a good choice. Kapiolani's program, which partners with Tripler and Kaiser, has been a huge success. So far, it's saved twenty-two patients. it recently won a national Center for Excellence award.
An EMCO clinical supervisor, Melody Kilcommons, says that, "The program itself has been a model for other new programs that have started, and we actually do get quite a few calls from other mainland centers asking us, 'Well, how did you do this and how did you start with that?'"
Malachi's parents couldn't be happier, and have been big plans for their son. His dad, Keith, says "He's going to be a football, basketball, something, boxer. I think he's going to be a boxer because he's strong and he fought through this." Malachi finally gets to go home in about a week.