Reidsville Baby Ready For Life-Saving Surgery

10:05 AM, Apr 25, 2012   |    comments
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Reidsville, NC -- An 11-month-old, who's been through more in his first few months of life than some people face in a lifetime, is about to have a life-changing surgery.

Jaxx Denny was born with an S-shaped spine, only six ribs on his right side, and without his right kidney.

He faces a lifetime of surgery, but his biggest surgery is next Tuesday, May 1.

Jaxx and his parents, Pete and Tammy Denny, will leave for Children's Hospital in Philadelphia this weekend.

Jaxx's surgery has already had plenty of false starts and hiccups, but his parents are hopeful this time it will get the green light.

"I don't know if I'm more worried about actually doing it or something going wrong again," said Pete Denny.

On Tuesday, doctors will put titanium rods in little Jaxx's back to straighten his spine and re-build his rib cage. The surgery, known as VEPTR, is rare and complicated.

"I'm just so thankful he's only 11 months old. Because in the future, he should not have any recollection of any of this. He shouldn't remember any of it," said Denny.

Jaxx is already rolling and sitting up, but after the surgery, doctors say Jaxx should be able to walk.

"I think we're going to see some big changes in him, once we get home and he's healed up," said Tammy Denny.

"He's definitely going to walk. No doubt in my mind," said Pete Denny.

It's already been a journey for the Denny family.

"People just walking up to us and giving, no strings attached, no unconditional love, just giving. And that has really opened Tammy and I, our eyes," said Pete Denny.

Even though the journey for Jaxx, Pete and Tammy is far from over, they've already started a Team Jaxx Foundation to pay it forward.

"So we want to take this excitement and all the people who have loved us, and we want to turn right around and love somebody else," said Denny.

Doctors said Jaxx's surgery will take about six hours. He will then have to spend at least a week in the hospital to recover and another week in Philadelphia just in case there's an emergency.

After the initial VEPTR surgery, Jaxx will have to have surgery every four to six months to expand the rods in his back.

Several years from now, Jaxx's rods will have to be replaced with adult-sized rods, which he'll have for the rest of his life.

 

WFMY News 2

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