HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – A newborn from Huber Heights who suffers from a rare heart defect is back home with his family after fighting for his life at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
‘Super Sammy’ spent 130 days in the ICU. He is less than six months old and has already had two open heart surgeries.
“A couple weeks ago, it kind of took a turn for the better. We didn’t expect it this quickly. It’s been almost five months. We were like, ‘whatever, don’t rush now,’” said Sammy’s father, Garland Jones.
Jones and his girlfriend, Kortney Sink, finally have their family home under one roof.
‘Super Sammy’ slept perfectly overnight, away from the tubes and wires of his hospital room.
“I cried when they first told me,” said Sink. “I mean, I was happy, nervous, but he was finally coming home. I never thought the day would come.”
Sammy’s doctors spoke with 2 NEWS in May, saying that 1 in 4,344 babies are born with Sammy’s heart defect, known as hyperplastic left heart syndrome.
What makes Sammy even more unique is that blood was leaking from his heart at an even faster rate, and unlike other newborns, he had to have surgery right away.
The latest of his two open heart surgeries came in July.
“It was peaks and valleys, highs and lows,” said Jones.
Like any hero, Sammy has fans. The family has raised more than $5,000 from GoFundMe to help cover mounting medical expenses.
The family will tell you, though, that their new normal is a gift in itself.
“He slept all through the night from like 10:30 pm to 5:30 this morning,” said Sink. “I got up every hour to check on him. He’s been awesome.”
There is still a long road ahead for Sammy and his family.
He is expected to have another surgery around age two.