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From 2001-2006 Bret served as national security correspondent for Fox News and reported on military and national security affairs, as well as on defense, military policy and the intelligence community from the Pentagon.“Over the past five years I had made something like twenty-three trips to Afgha ...
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Meeting Amy

Bret and Amy met on a blind date in October of 2002 after a mutual friend decided they would be the “perfect match.” Amy flew down from Chicago and they went to a Rolling Stones concert. The friend was right—Bret and Amy married two years later in October of 2004.“For me, it was a Hollywood ...
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Paul Baier, born June 29, 2007

Paul Baier was born June 29, 2007.He was given a clean bill of health in the first hours after his birth, but the next day, a nurse noticed Paul was turning pale.At first, doctors thought that Paul could have a bacterial infection of some kind, but an echocardiogram soon revealed that Paul had five ...
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Amy rocks baby Paulie

Without emergency surgery within days – he would die.Essentially, Paul’s heart was pumping the wrong way - his main arteries were switched around so his blood was not getting enough oxygen -his aorta was pinched - he had two holes in his heart - and his pulmonary artery was too narrow.“And the ...
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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 hi ...
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At 10 months old, Paul had to have it replaced – with a bigger version –another donated aorta.Dr. Jonas performed another successful open heart surgery on Paul.“On April 29, Paulie was scheduled to return to Children’s National Medical Center for his second open-heart surgery, ten months to ...
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Bret was named Chief White House Correspondent in 2006 and covered the second term of the Bush administration. He interviewed President Bush and Vice President Cheney multiple times.“Going back to my first days in the Atlanta bureau, to the Pentagon, the White House, and now the 2008 presidential ...
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Since that time, Paul has also had seven angioplasties to open his arteries with stents and to clear the homograph… plus, a stomach surgery unrelated to his congenital heart defects.“The last time I wrote an e-mail like this was for Paul’s seventh angioplasty in December. During the overnight ...
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Special Report

In 2008 Brit Hume made the decision to step away from the Special Report anchor desk, and Roger Ailes asked Bret to take his place. Bret knew that no one in journalism could ever take Brit’s place, but he was incredibly humbled by the opportunity and the trust Roger placed in him by asking him to ...
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On September 19, 2013 Dr. Jonas performed a 3rd open heart surgery on Paul.On October 5, 2013 Paul participated in a 5k benefitting Children’s National Medical Center –walking most of the race by himself.“And after a while I could see them in the distance walking up to the finish line, Paul pr ...
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