Baby Rex Castrenasa

Baby’s organs donated after Christmas tragedy

Baby Rex was born with a difficult condition, but lived 14 months without symptoms, his family said.

ATLANTA — A metro Atlanta family is giving hope amid unthinkable heartbreak, after their 14-month-old boy died suddenly after Christmas.

Author: Jonathan Raymond (11Alive)
Published: 12:51 PM EST December 30, 2019
Updated: 3:34 PM EST December 30, 2019

Baby Rex was born last October and spent his first three weeks in NICU, diagnosed with a condition called hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid on the brain.After that, though, his aunt Jessica Castresana said he lived the next year completely without symptoms.

To help Baby Rex’s family, you can donate to their GoFundMe here

“He walked at 10 months, spoke very well with so many favorite words like poop, eat eat, dada and was even trying to say I love you,” Castrenasa wrote on a GoFundMe page for the family.

Tragically, the day after Christmas, Rex fell ill. The family said when he returned home from Scottish Rite children’s hospital, he suffered a seizure from which he never recovered. Castrenasa wrote the seizure “was linked back to the hydrocephalus he was born with and the pressure it put on his brain.”

She said the little boy passed on Saturday afternoon.

“We gave him the best 14 months they could,” she wrote on GoFundMe

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