A Maryland baby, who doctors said would have about six hours to live after suffering cardiac arrest, which led to serious complications at seven months old, is approaching her first birthday on Aug. 25, according to KBAK.
Phoenix Da’Vine is now 11 months old, she was born with a heart defect called double outlet right ventricle, which means her heart can’t properly circulate oxygen around her body, according to WDAF-TV.
At 7 months old, Phoenix started bleeding profusely from her nose. The sudden cardiac arrest left her with significant brain damage.
“She was blue. I shook her face and lifted her arm up, it went limp,” Phoenix’s mother, Monique Goldring recalled.
Goldring was faced with a decision on whether to keep baby Phoenix on life support or put her on hospice care after had been on life support for nearly a month.
Doctors said Phoenix would have about six hours to live if she was taken off life support.
“I prayed. I asked her to let me know if she’s tired,” Goldring said. “She turned around and looked directly at me. That’s when I knew she was tired.”
In April, Goldring decided to take her daughter off life support and prepared to say goodbye to her first child. But six hours came and went, and the infant was still fighting.
“From that point on, she just continued to thrive,” Goldring said.
“She is continuing to defy the medical odds by living and thriving beyond what many expected,” Tonosha Johnson, her pediatrician, said.
However, baby Phoenix is still in need of two surgeries. Inova and Children’s National have declined to move forward fearing that she will not survive the surgery.
Goldring said that she’s still hoping a physician will take a chance on her daughter and perform the two surgeries before she gets too big for her current shunt.
“I am desperately hoping that somebody will look at her case and perform this surgery on her,” she said.
At not even a year old, Phoenix has earned many fans, a lot of whom have donated to a GoFundMe page to help with her medical expenses.
“I’m just elated. I don’t know what the future is, but I’m excited for what’s to come,” Goldring said.