Miracles, prayers and love for Phoenix

On Christmas Eve of 2020, baby Phoenix, 7 months-old, went into cardiac arrest. City Ambulance and Humboldt Bay Fire responded immediately and started living saving efforts. Once revived at St. Joseph’s Hospital, he was flown to UCSF where he spent his first Christmas. Unfortunately, due to the lack of oxygen during his cardiac arrest, he received severe brain damage. His heart echo and scans showed scarring signs of Myocarditis although viral test results came back negative.

At this time, neurologists have no firm answers to the impact of his cardiac arrest. Phoenix’s brain shows major damage to his occipital lobe as well as the white matter of his brain. Currently, he is unable to follow anything with his eye and the majority of his body has become stiff.

Phoenix has always been a miracle and a warrior. His parents, Pa Yang and Long Moua had been trying to start a family for 8 years. In 2016, they miscarried. In 2020, they were blessed with Phoenix Moua who was induced early due to a coarctation in his heart. He underwent surgery a week later and was hospitalized for a month in San Francisco. During that time, doctors discovered that he also had Atrial Septal Defect, sometimes called, a hole in the heart. Phoenix has been monitored closely by his cardiologist from San Francisco to monitor his ASD.

In November, his echocardiogram showed that the hole in his heart was bigger than anticipated and the right side of his heart was swollen. Phoenix had started to have issues with his lungs and had developed hypertension. His cardiologists confirmed that Phoenix couldn’t wait any longer for surgery to close up the hole in his heart and was scheduled for surgery for December 29th, 2020. Unfortunately Phoenix’s went into cardiac arrest just a few days before. Phoenix has a whole team of doctors working on him at UCSF and their focus has shifted from his ASD to finding answers about his brain. The family has been in San Francisco since Christmas where they will remain by Phoenix’s side indefinitely. One answer we know for sure is that our sweet, loving, and happy Phoenix will no longer be the same. He will be dependent on his parents. While they adjust to this life changing event, we are asking the community to pull together to support them in any way possible. The family is currently spending $700 a week on housing alone down in San Francisco.

Message from mom: It is a parent’s worst nightmare to see our infant blue and lifeless (especially on Christmas Eve). This is a picture that will and can never be erased in our mind. We are just happy that he is still here and fighting. No matter what difficulties he may have in the future, he will still be our little Phoenix.


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