NICU baby recovering from six surgeries on Mother's Day

NICU baby recovering from six surgeries on Mother's Day

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - It can change in an instant.

Aurelio Resendiz was doing well in the neonatal intensive care unit at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Then, on Mother's Day, Tabatha Resendiz got a call in the middle of the night telling her she needed to get to the hospital as soon as possible.

"We get there and his stomach is huge and nothing was getting better," Resendiz said.

The little boy's intestines were twisted and doctors told Resendiz surgery was the only option.

"There are some (patients) that throw you for a loop that are just super sick and Aurelio is one of them," Jeff Dehmer, a pediatric surgeon at NHRMC said. "The size of the patient shrinks and the anxiety of the surgeon increases."

Resendiz said her son died during surgery and the doctors had to resuscitate him.

"I'm having a hard time accepting this all and why it happened," Resendiz said. "But no one can answer that. God has a reason for everything."

Resendiz and the doctors agree Aurelio is a fighter and hope to have the family out of the hospital soon.

Connor DelPrete's special report on NICU nurses titled Hidden Heroes will air on WECT Thursday at 6 p.m.

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