Baby Josiah waits on a new heart

8:31 PM, Jul 4, 2013   |    comments
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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County baby is waiting for a new heart and winning over the hearts of his community in the process.

The moment Josiah Barfield was born, his mother just knew something was wrong.

"I distinctly remember him only crying twice and then there was no more crying and then the Q team took over and he was immediately intubated with a breathing tube," Lacy Barfield said.

That day her only child became known by nurses as the baby with the big eyes and a small heart. He has a condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a congenital heart defect. Three surgeries usually help, but after the first the child grew so sick he was rushed to Egleston Hospital. He's stayed there for three months. Day after day his parents drive almost an hour and back, from Dacula.

"He was so cute even with the breathing tube," his mother said.

Without the tubes you'd never know he needs a new heart. Josiah is on the transplant list with another expensive surgery scheduled.

Jarrod Sanders is organizing one of three fund raisers for the family.

"We started to put on this tournament and we were going to be happy with six or eight teams and then it kept growing larger and larger and now there are twenty teams in it," Sanders said.

Four hundred people are expected at a baseball tournament this month.

All for the boy and his family, that's seen just how much love a small heart can receive.

"It's very humbling. I know I've said that over and over but there's no words to describe how we feel," Barfield said.

There were two words she chose off camera: overwhelmed and thankful by all the support.

A Facebook page was created to promote upcoming fund raisers. The first is a baseball tournament on July 13th at Dacula Park.

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