3-year-old Adonis Ortiz, after receiving a five-organ transplant at Jackson Memorial Hospital (Source: Jackson Health)
MIAMI, Florida (WTSP/CBS Miami) - A 3-year-old boy is recovering at a Miami hospital after undergoing a five-organ transplant.
Adonis Ortiz underwent the multivisceral transplant in October at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He received a new liver, pancreas, stomach and small and large intestines.
While his body was badly bruised, his spirit was anything but hurt.
"He is really strong," says Adonis' mother, Aracelis. "After all his
surgeries, he comes out with a smile. I'm like, 'How do you come out with a
smile? They just chopped you up.'"
Doctors say Adonis was born in Tampa with a condition in which the intestines protrude through a hole in the abdominal wall. He underwent his first surgery when he was 3 months old and has had several other procedures. Earlier this year he was diagnosed with liver fibrosis.
His doctors say he received the transplant without an opening that connects the colon to the surface of the abdomen.
Adonis is expected to make a full recovery.
His mom says he's spent every Christmas this year in a hospital
and while he will be at the Ronald McDonald House for the time being, his family is
thankful he has another Christmas to celebrate.
If anyone is interested in donating funds to help toward Adonis' medical treatment, the family has set up a webpage.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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