Miracle in modern medicine saves newborn's life

Marissa Piotrowski
Marissa Piotrowski

By Paul Drewes - bio | email

MILILANI (KHNL) -- Pregnancies are usually filled with both worry and wonder, but for one O'ahu family, the birth of their baby also involved a miracle of modern medicine.

Like any other baby, 6 week old Iden Piotrowski gets a little fussy when he's tired. But give him a break, this little guy has been thru a lot over the past month and a half. Which took his mom, Marissa, by surprise, since most of her pregnancy was not only uneventful, it was downright easy. "I never had a problem with my pregnancy, I didn't even get morning sickness." says Marissa.

All that changed at when she was 38 weeks pregnant. Doctors at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children discovered Iden's blood vessels leading from his heart were reversed, and oxygenated blood from his lungs wasn't getting to his body.

That meant an emergency trip to the mainland, for delivery then open heart surgery at Rady Children's Hospital.

Iden's arteries were switched and he spent the first month of his life in the hospital recovering.

"After his surgery, it was so hard for me. Everytime I looked at him it made me cry, it was just so hard I couldn't see him like that in the intensive care unit. There was a lot of tubes and iv's connected to his body, its was so much for me." says Marissa.

Now Iden is finally home, after an emotionally and financially draining birth for his family. He not only has physical scars from the surgery. "When he cries hard, he still turns a little bit blue." says his mom.

But Iden's future looks bright. If there are no complications, his heart will heal and grow normally, filling with blood like its supposed to. As he fills his parents hearts with joy, as a true miracle of birth.

Doctors say this condition is rare, only 20 babies out of a hundred thousand develop it. But Iden is expected to grow up and be able to do all the other things kids with healthy hearts can do.