Dr. Richard Jonas performed an eight hour open heart surgery on Paul when he was 12 days old. The “fix” included inserting what’s called a homograph – a donated baby aorta that connects Paul’s pulmonary artery with the right ventricle of his heart. The donated connector does not grow with him.
“As they prepared to take Paulie away, I could see that Amy was tensing up. I turned to her and said, ‘Time to turn him over now—to the doctors and the big Guy upstairs.’ Amy nodded. Dr. V. said he would take good care of Paulie. And he repeated what everyone had been telling us all week: ‘Paulie will be in good hands. Dr. Jonas is great!’”