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Noah Constancio (Courtesy Photo)

Noah Constancio (Courtesy Photo)

His short life has been a series of complications and miracles, and the Constancio family got one more miracle over the weekend when the team at Children’s Medical Center Dallas performed a life-saving heart transplant for young Noah. Reports are that Noah is resting and improving after his surgery on Saturday, and Constancio’s ask to please keep the donor family in your prayers.

Noah was born in January 2018. Shortly after birth, he was abandoned at the Cook’s Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. Diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) — a congenital heart defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart — hospital staff cared closely for Noah as he lived the first five months of his life in the hospital.

The CDC explains that babies with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, the left side of the heart cannot pump oxygen-rich blood to the body properly. The right side of the heart pumps blood to both the lungs and the rest of the body.

However, among babies with HLHS, it becomes hard for oxygen-rich blood to get to the rest of the body. Because a baby with this defect needs surgery or other procedures soon after birth, HLHS is considered a critical congenital heart defect.

Rinaldo and Lauren Constancio were local business owners of 4C Electric in Roby. The couple heard about Noah and welcomed him into their home in early summer of 2018. While the couple began legal procedures for legal custody, Noah continued to battle the ups and downs of his condition.

A family of faith, as the days spent in and out of Cook’s became a blur, the Constancios rejoiced with friends and family in Noah’s life, knowing the future rested in God’s hands. Doctors continued to juggle medications, medical procedures, and diet with the ever-changing landscape of Noah’s condition.

Lauren and Rinaldo continued to balance good days full of giggles, arts & crafts, family outings, along with work and long, often sleepless nights in the hospital, as well the... ongoing legal process for custody. Noah faced improvements and setbacks while the family worked to keep his young life as normal as possible.

There were days without smiles. Days when Noah simply felt “crummy.” It made those days when Noah laughed all the more precious. Along the way, he grew teeth.

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