Tiny was a happy baby, always smiling.
Here Tiny is holding is oxygen mask.
Tiny endured much in his short life, and to honor his memory, the Keiser family has started tinySmiles.
“Tiny” was born on June 20, 2011. He was born in less than ideal circumstances and it wasn’t until June 28th that he was finally seen in the hospital. He received basic care and his future adoptive parents were called at this point. The following morning, the hospital ran more diagnostics tests (including pulse oximetry) and found that his heart was broken. It’s a miracle that he had lived this long.
He was born with a Hypoplastic Left Heart (in other words – essentially “Tiny” had no left heart). He was flown to UC Davis and received the most advanced and loving care possible. “Tiny” was even able to go home after his first of Three planned surgeries. “Tiny” received intensive medical care at home because of a unique home program that few hospitals offer.
On the day after Thanksgiving 2011, “Tiny” was checked back into the hospital to prepare for his second surgery. He had this surgery on December 2, 2011. Sadly, “Tiny” was never able to get off the ventilator and heart bypass. After a strong and courageous fight, he died on December 27, 2011. Pulse oximerty and other tests gave the family six great months with a beautiful little boy.