December 18, 2013

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Alex on his way to his community’s Christmas parade in Beaumont, TX.

This holiday season is especially joyful for the Lee family from southeast Texas.

You see, Milton and Covina Lee already got their Christmas wish: a healthy heart for their 1-year-old son, Alex.

Meet Alex, a fun-loving little boy who enjoys listening to music, playing with his dog, and splashing in the water during bath time. He also loves spending time with his older brother and sister.

Last year on Christmas day, Alex’s heart stopped beating three times. His mom said this was due to holes in his heart, pneumonia and a lung condition.

The weeks that followed were tough on little Alex since he was on a ventilator and in a medically induced coma.

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But all of that changed in February when he had open heart surgery. And on August 22, he was able to return home and begin service with Epic’s Beaumont office.

Since then, Alex has made an almost full recovery with a heart that gets stronger every day.

“He is doing much better,” said Covina. “He has progressed extremely well in the last few months.”

Most recently, Alex has been enjoying the holiday festivities with his family, even participating in his community’s Christmas parade and riding on a float.

“It’s the most amazing feeling to see him enjoying all of the Christmas excitement for the first time as a happy and much healthier baby,” said Brittney Dorman, Alex’s nurse.

According to his mom, Alex has demonstrated his incredible strength time and time again, since the day he was born.

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Alex had a blast riding on a float in his community’s Christmas parade in Beaumont, TX.

“Milton and I are very blessed to have Alex,” said Covina. “Due to complications at birth and even more complications from the pregnancy, the doctors didn’t expect me to carry to term. Not only has Alex been a strong little man since birth, but he is truly a miracle baby.”

The entire Epic team in Beaumont is happy to be a part of Alex’s recovery and looks forward to helping him progress to a full recovery.

We are grateful to the Lees for sharing their story with us.