The Toronto Star | Barbara Turnbull
George Xenarios is just 12 weeks old, but is home in Richmond Hill today with his parents, Kostas Xenarios and Helen Chialtas and sister, Ellie, after a successful heart transplant early last month.
The family’s saga began last November, when an otherwise-normal pregnancy became a potential tragedy.
At 33 weeks, the 35-year-old felt pain in her pelvic area and her weight suddenly ballooned. An ultrasound showed the fetus had fluid around the brain, heart and abdomen. Chialtas was admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital and given a choice to try and hang on, but risk a stillborn baby, or have a caesarean section — still with no guarantee of a healthy child.