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Baby Silas could be headed home soon

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Eight days after receiving a new heart, Silas Huffman may be headed home soon! The 7-month-old has been through a week of ups and downs at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Silas has spent 110 nights -- almost half his life -- in a hospital room. But he will soon be headed home to his two big sisters and to the family that had prayed so hard for this day. If all goes well, Amanda Huffman and her husband Chris will be bringing their baby back home on late Tuesday.

"I'm ready to go home. I'm ready to have my whole family together under one roof," Amanda Huffman said. "It's scary to think he has been watched for almost four months like a hawk."

The Huffmans' ordeal began Aug. 29 when Silas, who was then only 4 months old and struggling to breathe, was airlifted by helicopter ambulance to CHOA at Egleston. His dad rushed home from touring with his band Casting Crowns.

X-rays showed Silas' heart was so swollen that it filled his chest. Within days, doctors were recommending a heart transplant. They tried to buy him time by putting him on a Berlin heart pump to shore up his failing heart.

Finally, on Dec. 8, Silas got his second chance when doctors finally found a donor heart for him. Silas' mother said it's still almost unreal to think about.

"Just like today he was having an echo, just looking at that heart and realizing that's another child's heart that's inside my child," Amanda Huffman said.

Two days after his transplant, Silas has had a setback. He suffered a stroke that caused some paralysis on his left side. But doctors believe with physical therapy, there's a good chance he will make a full recovery.

The Huffmans say they're overwhelmed by all of the people - who've followed their baby's story on the fox 5 Atlanta Facebook page and rooted for him to have this second chance.
 
"I think God has got a big plan for this little dude. I'm curious to see it unfold," Amanda Huffman said.

Silas will undergo intense physical therapy and he'll come back for frequent check-ups to make sure his body isn't rejecting his heart.

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