Tampa family awaits toddler, Adonis Ortiz's return home after 5-organ transplant

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Video: Family awaits toddler's return after 5 organ transplant

3-year-old Adonis Ortiz, after receiving a five-organ transplant at Jackson Memorial Hospital (Source: Jackson Health)


TAMPA, Florida - Three-year-old Adonis Ortiz's young life is a story of survival, faith and love.

"Everything they would keep telling me is that he would have a 50/50 chance," recalls his mother Aracelis Ortiz.

Born with a severe birth defect that left his intestines formed outside his body- additional complications meant only one hope for survival; a never before attempt at a five-organ transplant.

STORY: Tampa boy received 5-organ transplant

"For you to have a donor, a baby must die," explained grandmother Elvira Cruz. "That was the hardest part for us."

The life-saving call about a transplant match came in October. The three year old was rushed to Miami with just hours notice. His parents were unsure if the procedure would work, or if their son would even survive.

"I just get on my knees, and say God please, just do what you have to do," says Adonis' father Emir Ortiz.

Defying all odds, the liver, pancreas, stomach and small and large intestine transplants worked. The three-year-old is still recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

"He is really strong," said his relieved mother. "After all his surgeries, he comes out with a smile!"

Back home in Tampa, the rest of his family awaits Adonis' return home.

"I know it's all God's doing. And I know there were a lot of people praying for him," said his grandmother of the miraculous recovery.

Volunteers are working to fix up the young Yankee fan's brand new room.

"He will be like 'Wooooo!'," said his father who is confident big things are yet to come. "I just hope for him to come out of the hospital, go to school and learn to play baseball! That's all I want."

If you are interested in learning more about Adonis or helping with his family's medical expenses, click here to visit a website created by his family.

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