After months of waiting, toddler gets new heart

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INDIANAPOLIS – The family of a Henry County boy with a heart defect has something to smile about–the little boy got a new heart this week.

In February, Fox 59 brought you the story of Caleb Kinnaird, a little boy born with tricuspid atresia. His heart is missing a key valve, meaning only half of it works. He needed a pair of heart surgeries, and treatment appeared to be on track until his heart stopped.

Caleb needed a new heart, and after spending nearly 11 months at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, he finally received one.

His family posted the following on Facebook Wednesday:

“CALEB HAS A NEW HEART and it is beating and surgery is over! The surgeon just met with us and said everything went absolutely PERFECTLY. His oxygen is 100%, he is no longer blue and his heart is already stronger than it has ever been in his life. PERFECT!!!

“Caleb is resting and recovering. Now that surgery is done, and Caleb has a strong, healthy heart, the doctors will begin introducing his immune suppression drugs. Praying for no rejection! Praying for patience and endurance as we start a whole new set of challenges. Keep you posted tomorrow.”

The family isn’t sure yet when he’ll be able to go home.

Here’s video from the previous story:

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