Lucile Packard doctors perform groundbreaking procedure on boy fighting for his life

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Oswaldo Jimenez, 13, is shown getting a check-up at Lucile Packard's Children's Hospital after he received a life-saving procedure on his heart and lungs.

PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) -- Doctors at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford performed a first-of-its kind procedure on the West Coast, saving a 13-year-old boy's life.

Oswaldo Jimenez and his family flew to the Bay Area from Salem, Ore. for treatment of a rare condition affecting the arteries in his lungs and heart.

While waiting for a heart-lung transplant, his lungs stopped working. The only way to keep him alive was to put a shunt in his heart to redirect blood away from his lungs.

Oswaldo has this message to share: "No matter how tough things are, always stay positive and just keep on fighting."

Oswaldo should be able to go home in about two weeks.