Christmas miracle: Baby Silas gets new heart - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Christmas miracle: Baby Silas gets new heart

Posted: Updated:
Silas Huffman being taken into surgery to receive a new heart on Sunday. (Beth Galvin/FOX 5 Atlanta) Silas Huffman being taken into surgery to receive a new heart on Sunday. (Beth Galvin/FOX 5 Atlanta)
(Photo by Amanda Huffman) (Photo by Amanda Huffman)
ATLANTA -

A Henry County baby finally got the miracle he'd been waiting on for months.

Thousands of people have followed Silas Huffman's story. Back in August, the then-4-month-old boy was airlifted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston with a swollen heart.   

In October, Silas received a Berlin pump that took over for his failing heart until the donor heart was found.

On Saturday night, after waiting 100 days at the hospital, Silas' parents, Amanda and Chris Huffman, finally got the call they'd been waiting for.

"I said, ‘Hello' and I just heard [Amanda] sobbing,'" Chris Huffman said. "She said, ‘they found a heart for Silas.'"

Getting the heart to Atlanta proved to be difficult.   The jet carrying Silas' new heart was grounded in another city, unable to fly because of winter storms.

The Huffmans held on to Silas' beads of courage and sent up another prayer for the weather to clear.

Just when it looked like time might run out, the donor heart arrived running out of time, the donor heart arrived Sunday afternoon. Silas was rushed into surgery for the transplant.

Less than 24 hours later, Amanda Huffman snapped a photo of Silas smiling – another baby's heart beating in his chest.

"It means he has a new life.  He can have a life outside the hospital and live as normal a life as possible," Amanda Huffman said.

The first few days will be critical for Silas as his doctors watch for blood clots and other complications. He will have to take medication to keep his body from rejecting his new heart. But the Huffmans are hopeful -- and deeply grateful -- for his heart.

For updates, please visit Beth Galvin's Facebook page.

  • More Health NewsMore>>

  • Educators test system that allows non-verbal autistic student to 'talk'

    Educators test system that allows non-verbal autistic student to 'talk'

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:05:02 GMT
    An autistic boy who has never been able to talk can now speak his mind by typing. The FOX Medical Team's Beth Galvin shows us why his school system is now putting this method to the test.
    An autistic boy who has never been able to talk can now speak his mind by typing. The FOX Medical Team's Beth Galvin shows us why his school system is now putting this method to the test.
  • Is the discharge of two American Ebola patients safe? Doctor says yes

    Is the discharge of two American Ebola patients safe? Doctor says yes

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:13:10 GMT
    Dr. Kent Brantly walked into Thursday's press conference showing no signs of his almost month-long battle with the deadly Ebola virus.
    Dr. Kent Brantly walked into Thursday's press conference showing no signs of his almost month-long battle with the deadly Ebola virus.
  • Cancer survivor celebrates 5 year mark with donor

    Cancer survivor celebrates 5 year mark with donor

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:08:02 GMT
    If Erin Blonshine ever wondered if her perfect match was out there, now she knows. His name: Johannes Saur. Blonshine, a 29-year-old teacher, says "It's very surreal to stand next to him and know that on the inside our immune systems match."
    If Erin Blonshine ever wondered if her perfect match was out there, now she knows. His name: Johannes Saur. Blonshine, a 29-year-old teacher, says "It's very surreal to stand next to him and know that on the inside our immune systems match."
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices