A one-year-old boy requires a heart transplant two years after his sister received one for the same reason.


Two years after his sister received a heart transplant for the same condition, a one-year-old boy requires a transplant.

A New York family is witnessing the unimaginable as an artificial heart keeps their one-year-old son alive while he waits for a heart transplant — just two years after their daughter underwent surgery for the same rare heart condition.

Ruby Cotter, the daughter of Brian and Ashley Cotter, was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart condition that makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood, two months after she was born.

She was on the verge of death due to the condition, but an artificial heart kept her alive for three months until she could receive a heart transplant.

Ruby, who is now two and a half years old, is doing well, but Brian, 37, and Ashley, 31, recently noticed that their son Everett was showing some of the same symptoms as Ruby.

Everett, who will turn one on December 30, is now surviving on his own artificial heart while his family waits for word on whether he will be the recipient of a donor heart as well.

Ruby was born on September 4, 2019, and the Cotters’ heartbreaking story began two months later.

‘She wasn’t herself when she woke up,’ Brian told DailyMail.com.

‘She wouldn’t eat, was dry heaving, and her limbs were freezing.

Her core was extremely warm, and we were perplexed by everything.’

They contacted her doctor, who advised them to rush Ruby to Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island.

Brian explained, ‘We got her there just in time to save her life.’

Ruby stopped breathing within 10 minutes of arriving and had to be intubated.

Doctors were able to stabilize her, but she was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit, where she was fitted with wires and tubes.

Ruby was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, which causes the heart to have difficulty pumping blood throughout the body and can lead to heart failure.

The condition, which affects about 4 out of 100,000 infants under the age of 12 months, is thought to be caused by a genetic predisposition or a viral infection.

Ruby developed heart failure as a result of the incident, necessitating her transfer to New York-Presbyterian Hospital for treatment.

Her heart rate jumped up to 300 beats per minute after doctors tried to take her off the breathing and eating support she was receiving after a week, Ashley told New York-Presbyterian’s…

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