New mom in San Diego to save baby's life

Posted at 10:32 PM, May 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-03 02:35:25-04

A baby in Hawaii has been fighting for life since the moment he was born. Now, his family says the only hope they have to save the 4-month-old, is medical care in San Diego. 

Raini Ching's son, Reyson, was born with a rare heart defect that required major surgery at Rady’s Children’s Hospital shortly after he was born. Since then, they've been flying back and forth from their home in Hawaii to Rady's.

"For me it was my whole world," Ching said. "All I ever wanted forever was to have at least one baby.”

For twelve years Ching and her boyfriend spent hours with specialists, trying different tactics and watching all of their friends having kids. Finally, she was pregnant and they were looking forward to a child of their own.

“Reyson was actually supposed to be a twin, at about 10 weeks of pregnancy we actually lost the other baby," Ching said.

His twin brother never made it, and when Reyson did he had a rare heart defect. A heart defect similar to that of late-night host Jimmy Kimmel's newborn son.
On Monday, the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live announced that his child was in surgery days after he was born on April 21.

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In Reyson’s case, open heart surgery was immediate. But, even hooked to a machine his will to live shows in his little smile.

"He’s fighting so hard just to live another day," Ching said.

She explained that the family doesn't know what their next step is, but they're in San Diego with support from the Ronald McDonald House. A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help them pay for expenses.

Later this week, they'll know if Reyson needs more surgery.