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Jefferson toddler Jax Mariotti returns home after heart transplant | Online Athens


updated Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – 12:50pm

A Jefferson child who underwent a heart transplant on Father’s Day returned home Saturday and is doing well, according to posts on the boy’s Facebook page.

Jax Mariotti, 1, received the new heart due to a malformed coronary artery that deoxygenated his blood.

Jax’s parents, Tommy and Danielle, spent Father’s Day at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston as their son underwent a heart transplant that took about eight hours.

Just six days later, Jax was released from the hospital.

“Such a wonderful day to be together and not at a hospital,” Danielle Mariotti wrote Saturday on the toddler’s Facebook page called Prayers for Jax. “Not only did Jax get out of the hospital today, he got to go to his cousin’s birthday party … (six) days after a heart transplant.”

A day earlier, Danielle posted a video of Jax strolling through the hospital halls with a push toy.

“Look at this,” she posted along with the video. “He has amazed everyone.”

And just hours later, she posted that results from a test showed Jax’s heart was functioning well.

“Just got the results back (and there is) zero rejection,” she noted. “God is truly great.”

To follow Jax’s progress online, go to!/prayers4Jax.

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