For Immediate Release:
December 16, 2013
Media Contact:
Lidia Amoretti
lidia.amoretty@jhsmiami.org
305-801-6556

A HOLIDAY MIRACLE: THREE-YEAR-OLD BOY RECEIVES LIFE-SAVING FIVE-ORGAN MULTIVISCERAL TRANSPLANT

Patient becomes first child his age in the world to receive a multivisceral transplant without a colostomy

Who: 

Adonis Ortiz, multivisceral transplant patient; his mother, Aracelis Ortiz; Rodrigo Vianna, M.D., medical director of transplant services, Miami Transplant Institute at UM/Jackson; Jennifer Garcia, M.D., GI, intestinal rehab and liver/intestinal transplant physician at Holtz Children’s Hospital at UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

What: 

At four months pregnant, Aracelis Ortiz received the devastating news that her baby boy was developing with a birth defect called gastroschisis – a condition in which the intestines protrude through a hole in the abdominal wall. The first-time mom faced the tough decision: terminate the pregnancy or deliver the baby. “I have strong faith in God. I had no doubt in my mind about having the baby,” she said.

At 36 weeks, Adonis Ortiz was born in Tampa and underwent his first surgery to repair the birth defect. Five days later, doctors discovered the intestines that had formed outside his abdomen were damaged and the intestines inside never fully developed. Adonis then underwent two serial transverse enteroplasty (STEP) procedures – a technique used to increase bowel length to help absorption in the intestine so it can function more efficiently. Yet, his condition worsened and other organs in his abdomen were compromised. 

In August 2013, Adonis was diagnosed with stage 2 liver fibrosis. Doctors also determined that he was in need of a multivisceral transplant. Two months later, now at Holtz Children’s Hospital at the UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Adonis received five new organs, including a new liver, pancreas, stomach and small and large intestines. He also became the first child his age in the world to receive a multivisceral transplant without a colostomy, an opening that connects the colon to the surface of the abdomen. It would normally be necessary to provide a different path for waste to leave the body. The one-step approach kept Adonis from having additional surgeries.

It has been an ordeal for the family traveling between Holtz and their home in Tampa, yet they feel gratified. “We’ve gone through some ups and down, but I never lost faith,” his mother said. “I’m happy and excited with his progress.” Mom said that doctors expect Adonis to make a full recovery. Adonis is a budding baseball player and his mom hopes to enroll him in baseball camp when he turns 4. 

If anyone is interested in donating funds to help toward Adonis’ medical treatment, the family has set up a webpage: http://cota.donorpages.com/PatientOnlineDonation/COTAforAdonisO.

When:  December 17, 2013, 10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Where: 

Jackson Memorial Hospital 
Clark Diagnostic Treatment Center, room 252
Corner of Northwest 12th Avenue and 19th Street
Miami, FL 33136

Editors Notes: 

*Media can park outside of DTC.

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Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue Miami, FL 33136