Infant receives life-saving heart transplant in Seattle after going into cardiac arrest

- An Alaska baby boy receives a life-saving heart transplant just moments after going into cardiac arrest last week.

Seven-month-old Lincoln Seay had a rare birth defect that caused all of his organs to be born on the opposite side of his body.

"He was born July 14, 2015,” Rob Seay, Lincoln’s father said.

Mindy Seay, Lincoln’s mother said, "They had even said he might not survive birth we really had no idea what to expect, so when he came out and he cried and he looked great we were elated."

Little Lincoln underwent multiple surgeries, but his condition worsened.

"My son is on his last leg and everybody knew it me. Even my son would ask me do you think Lincoln's gonna make it and what do you say to that?” Rob said.

His heart began to fail -- and in a last ditch effort, his parents flew him to Seattle Children's Hospital for a heart transplant.

“We're praying for a miracle and that moment in time it's fair to say we got a miracle,” Rob said.

Just as Lincoln was going into surgery, he went into cardiac arrest -- but, the baby miraculously pulled through.

"Because the heart was en route, they went ahead and opened his chest and the surgeon reached in and hand compressed his heart until the new heart arrived,” Mindy said.

Little Lincoln had been waiting for five months for a heart.

The Seay family hopes their story encourages people to become organ donors.

"We're hoping Lincoln's story gets people talking about it. I would just say thank you isn't enough there's no way to adequately describe how thankful we are that they made the decision to donate,” Mindy said.

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