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Published June 18, 2012, 07:56 PM

Devils Lake Infant With Heart Syndrome Beating Doctors' Expectations

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Just one year ago, doctors told Issac Abrahamson's parents that he wouldn't make it to his first birthday because of a syndrome causing heart and lung defects.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Just one year ago, doctors told Issac Abrahamson's parents that he wouldn't make it to his first birthday because of a syndrome causing heart and lung defects.

But at nine months and after two open heart surgeries, Isaac's parents say he's expected to live a long, normal life.

Despite enduring two surgeries, seizures and a stroke, Isaac's parents say he's one of the happiest babies you'll ever see.

"He's really giggly sometimes. He's always smiling. He's rarely crabby unless if he's not feeling good," Isaac's dad Aaron Abrahamson said.

Aaron says Isaac is pretty much a normal baby. He certainly doesn't look like a baby doctors said wouldn't make it a year.

"It's great. It's really unexpected, with what happened and everything, but glad he made it through it. He's doing really good," Aaron said.

Isaac was born with DiGeorge Syndrome, which caused heart and lung defects. But Isaac's family found a doctor in California who could help.

"They did what they call a full repair. They insert basically another portion of that artery there, and it makes his heart complete, so his heart is a lot more normal now," Isaac's mother Tasha St. John said.

After his latest surgery in March, Isaac's parents noticed a difference.

"He's a little behind from being in the hospital, but he's doing pretty good. Getting a lot more strength and energy since the last surgery, rolling all over the place," Tasha said.

Doctors also saw a difference.

"They look at him like a normal baby. We're supposed to treat him like a normal baby, and they said his heart, lungs, everything, looks a lot better than what it was," Tasha said.

Although he's struggled since he was born, Isaac keeps a smile on his face that spreads like wildfire.

"If I'm down and I see this little guy, I'm instantly happy," Aaron said.

Isaac's family say they're touched by the outpouring of support from the Devils Lake community. Several local businesses organized fundraisers to help the family cover medical bills.

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