Baby Christian

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Long Island Family Fights For Baby Born With Intestines Outside Body

July 27, 2018 - 1:31 pm

STONY BROOK, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- It is a condition that has become more common, and a little boy on Long Island has had numerous surgeries after his intestines developed on the outside of his body.

"We're just praying every day. Praying and, you know, keeping faith," Christopher Rojas told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.

Rojas was sitting Friday at Stony Brook University Hospital, where his little boy, Christian, has been since he was born on May 5.

"I don't care how tired I am. I don't care what's going on,” Rojas said. “He's more important than anything and I don't want to miss anything."

Christian has a condition called gastroschisis, in which the intestines develop outside the body. The condition has become more common in the past five years, and doctors do not know why.

It is not genetic, but it is associated with younger mothers.

For little Christian, his intestines were also twisted, said his doctor, Christopher Muratore.

"This is about as severe as it gets for gastroschisis," Muratore said.

Christian’s mother, Nykki Hunter, said she cannot wait to bring him home to live with his three sisters.

"There have been times where I felt like I was going to, you know, lose it and I want to give up, and I look at my son, and I know what I'm fighting for," Hunter said.

The family is raising money to help pay for Christian’s medical bills. Christian will likely remain at the hospital for another month.