Local Toddler Continues Fight to Stay Alive

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AUGUSTA COUNTY,Va. (WHSV)-- The community is rallying around a local family fighting a battle to keep their two-year-old-son, who has a hole in his heart, healthy.

Cody Krieg has been in and out of the hospital and in just weeks from now, a doctor will help decide if an operation could save his life.

Right now, you can't tell Cody is sick as he plays and runs around; however, just days ago, he was at U.Va. Medical Center with low oxygen levels, fighting a virus.

"A huge blessing that he didn't get sicker and also shows his will and his strength just to be here and to be alive and to be functioning like a normal child," said Renee Krieg, Cody's mom.

She said her son needs a larger shunt put in his heart to close the hole. His pulmonary arteries also need time to develop.

The Kriegs will travel back to California in August to see Frank Hanley, the doctor that has already performed three procedures on Cody. He will see if it's possible to operate on Cody again.

"I'm not sure, but we're gonna stay hopeful," said Krieg.

The trip could mean no way to support the treatment.

"I will have to take medical leave and I am unsure of what happens with insurance," continued Krieg.

The Kriegs are thankful for community support through a fundraising page.

Their pastor, Gregory Miller, is hopeful the community will lend a hand.

"Hoping and praying that some people will catch a burden for him and maybe pitch in and help these folks as they're preparing to go again for another procedure in California," said Miller, the pastor of Good News Ministries in Staunton.

"The important part is that we still have our son and he's very happy with his life," said Krieg, "'I'm happy. So much community support throughout everything we've been through the last two years with him because it's been extremely difficult.'"

Whatever happens next, Renee knows Cody will keep fighting. His appointment for his heart is August 4.

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