Wednesday, May 25, 2016

5-year-old, 5-organ transplant boy regular kid

WTSP | Mark Rivera
Aracelis Ortiz lifts the shirt of 5-year-old Adonis to show the scars from his five-organ transplant. WTSP photo
TAMPA — At three years old, Adonis Ortiz endured more than most people do in their entire lives.

Born with his organs outside of his body, Oritz underwent a first-of-its-kind successful 5-organ-transplant.

Now three years later and at 5 years old, he's opening up to 10News WTSP for the first time.

At first glance, 5-year-old Adonis Ortiz is a little shy.

You can't blame him. For almost half of his life, he's had to deal with this.

The huge scar you see from his pelvis to his sternum marks a miracle.

It's where doctors -- in a one-of-a-kind procedure -- successfully transplanted five organs into a child.

“I call him my little Superman,” said Ortiz’ mother, Aracelis.

For her, the recovery hasn't been easy.

“They will look perfectly fine with smiles on their face and then BOOM. They're on the floor,” she said. “If he starts running a fever, it's like OK, is it the organs? Or is it a cold?” VIDEO Continue reading

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