AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- At the age of two, Cody Krieg has a hole in his heart and has already been through three procedures in California.
Cody runs around and plays like any other 2-year-old boy, but it's been a long journey home.
At birth, doctors didn't expect him to live.
"They said he could die in a day, when we were in the hospital, they said he would, we would lose him in a week, then it turned into a month," said Renee Krieg, Cody's mom.
The Kriegs got a second opinion.
"I was just devastated because I was seeing my son turn purple and he looked bad," said Krieg.
With the help of Frank Hanley, a doctor in California, and the community, Cody is getting treatment.
"Spent a month in the hospital, forty days, and just seeing him go through it is hard," said Aaron Krieg.
Good News Ministries, the Krieg's church and other groups have raised thousands of dollars to make that possible. Cody's joy is contagious at church.
"And he was standing in the front just kind of wobbling back and forth and then he took his little hands and he clapped them, and I thought what a delightful way to express worship," said Gregory Miller, the pastor of Good News Ministries in Staunton.
Renee and Aaron hope some day they can pay it forward.
"That's the hardest part for me, is thinking that there are all these babies that didn't get the chance that my son had," said Renee, "Thank you so much and look what you've done look at this beautiful baby boy that you've saved. He's here and he's fighting strong and thank you so much for everything."
Cody needs a larger shunt put in his heart to close the hole, but doctors have to wait for Cody's pulmonary arteries to develop.
The arteries don't expand with allagile syndrome, which is why the Kriegs have to wait.
Cody did have complications with his last procedure, but now he has a chance to enjoy Christmas.
If you want to help, you can contact Good News Ministries.
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