Baby Jaxx's Parents: Surgery Was A Success

6:06 PM, May 1, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- The Reidsville baby, who was born without his right kidney, six ribs on his right side, and with an "s"-shaped spine, is recovering from major surgery.

News 2 has been following Jaxx Denny's story since December.

Tuesday was the day his parents, Pete and Tammy Denny, have been praying for.

On Tuesday, 11-month-old Jaxx had life-saving surgery to rebuild his rib cage and straighten his spine.

"We're overwhelmed with joy! So excited! Today is a wonderful day!" said Pete Denny.

Jaxx's surgery was more complicated than his parents, or even the doctors, had initially anticipated. Even so, little Jaxx, the miracle baby, made it through without any problems.

Doctors had planned to use two titanium rods, one to straighten his spine and one to rebuild his ribcage. The surgery is called VEPTR.

However, on Monday, doctors realized Jaxx actually needed four rods: two on the right side of his ribcage and one on each side of his spine.

After four hours in surgery on Tuesday, shorter than expected, and major reconstruction, doctors told the Denny's Jaxx's surgery was a success.

Jaxx will be on a ventilator for a few days and lots of pain medicine as he starts his long road to recovery.

His parents know this is just one of many surgeries for their son, but the most important one.

Doctors are confident Jaxx will be able to live a normal life now. His only restriction will be no contact sports.

Pete and Tammy Denny said they are incredibly grateful for everyone's support and all of the prayers.

WFMY News 2

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