Last year, Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida cared for Xander Nunez, a Boca Raton baby born with critical aortic stenosis, a congenital heart defect that causes a narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve. Because his condition was so severe, Xander spent the first five months of his life at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital awaiting a heart transplant.
Led by Dr. Gerald Lavandosky, PCCSF provided around-the-clock monitoring, continuous infusions of medication to support his heart, and oxygen tube feedings. After many months, the call came that a heart was available for Xander, which he received on September 26, 2018. After successful heart surgery, PCCSF provided post-operative care in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
Today, Xander is a nine-month-old baby boy who is, according to his mom, “too smart for his diapers.” Thanks to the successful treatment he received, Dr. Lavandosky shared that Xander has a “very good prognosis to enjoy a full and complete life.”