'He was about to die on us': infant's miraculous recovery after his heart stopped just hours before transplant

By Samantha Luiz
15 March 2016

Before he was born, the odds were already firmly stacked against him.

Little Lincoln Seay, from Alaska in the US, was born with a condition that left his heart in the wrong part of his body.

“Toward the end of the ultrasound, our technician told us he had some concerns about the baby’s organ placement and his heart,” recalls Lincoln's mother Mindy.

As a result of the birth defect, Lincoln underwent open heart surgery twelve hours after he was born "to keep blood flowing and his heart pumping."

Despite the invasive procedure, his heart was still not working properly three months later.

The infant had to undergo multiple surgeries after he was born. PHOTO: Facebook The infant had to undergo multiple surgeries after he was born. PHOTO: Facebook

As he was "staring death in the face", concerned doctors told the infant's parents that he would need an emergency transplant.

"He really started to decline. He had a cardiac arrest and they were able to revive him," Lincoln's father Rob told ABC News last month.

"[His] colour turned to purple."

Baby Lincoln with his parents. PHOTO: YouCaring Baby Lincoln with his parents. PHOTO: YouCaring

Dr Michael McMullen, the surgical director of heart transplantation at Seattle Children’s Hospital, who was also Lincoln's transplant surgeon, believed that time was the essence.

"I think he was about to die on us, right before he fell off the edge, a heart became available," explained the surgeon.

After going through so much, Lincoln is finally out of the woods. PHOTO: Facebook After going through so much, Lincoln is finally out of the woods. PHOTO: Facebook

Although the couple doesn't know who donated the heart that saved their baby's life, Mindy penned "an open letter to the mother of the child who will save my son’s life" on the family's YouCaring page.

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"You and I may never meet, may never speak, may never cross paths, but we will be connected on a divine, spiritual level," she wrote.

A transplant saved Baby Lincoln's life. PHOTO: YouCaring A transplant saved Baby Lincoln's life. PHOTO: YouCaring

"It was a whole roller coaster thing," recalls Mindy. "I was shocked, I was elated, I was sad for the other family. I had every emotion you could think of."

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At seven months old, Lincoln was about to undergo a transplant. As he was being prepped, he went into cardiac arrest again.

"The remarkable thing was we were able to get him on machine quickly," said Dr Mullen. "It can take two hours and we did it in 12 minutes and doing CPR."

"The aftermath of morning meds." PHOTO: Facebook "The aftermath of morning meds." PHOTO: Facebook

After the two-hour surgery, Lincoln seemed to be finally out of the woods.

"His colour is incredibly different, it’s pink and vibrant and he woke up with so much energy," said Mindy.

"We joked, 'He woke up thinking he was the Hulk.'"

Now, the little boy is finally home and adjusting "quite well".

Baby Lincoln is finally home. PHOTO: Facebook Baby Lincoln is finally home. PHOTO: Facebook

"[He is] home on 22 medications and we have learned details about each one, the risks, the benefits, what it does, and how to administer," updated Mindy on their YouCaring page.

“I was able to play with and snuggle Lincoln off all monitors for hours yesterday evening and even give him his first full blown bath in months!

“We are so excited for this next big step!!! Wish us luck!!”

Sources: abcnews.go.com, thesun.co.uk, youcaring.com, nydailynews.com

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