Sean Duffy and Rachel Campos-Duffy’s 6-month-old daughter Valentina made it safely through a three-hour open heart surgery Monday morning.
The former U.S. representative for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District posted a video to his Facebook about 1:30 p.m. telling his followers that Valentina made it through the procedure at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
“Her heart is pumping and doing everything it’s supposed to be,” he said in the video. “Her surgery was an absolute success.”
Duffy and Campos-Duffy thanked the surgeons and doctors and said that they would have hugged them if it weren’t for social distancing protocols due to the coronavirus outbreak. The two also thanked their supporters for their thoughts and prayers.
Duffy also posted a video early Monday morning outside of the hospital, after leaving Wausau about 3 a.m., he said. Campos-Duffy, a television personality and frequent commentator on an assortment of Fox News programs, could be seen in the backseat of the car, rocking baby Valentina’s car seat while Duffy addressed his followers.
Valentina StellaMaris Duffy was born on the evening of Sept. 30, a month before her due date, with Down syndrome and several holes in her heart. Duffy and Campos-Duffy welcomed the baby girl after an emergency delivery. The Monday surgery fixed the holes in the baby’s heart, along with valves in the heart.
Duffy said the couple had to wait for the surgery until Valentina weighed 10 pounds or turned 6 months old.
Duffy said that he and his wife chose to get up early this morning to drive into Chicago instead of getting a hotel because of coronavirus concerns. He then asked that his followers send prayers and positive thoughts to him and his family.
“As a mom and dad, it’s been pretty stressful, knowing they’re going to go through this really serious procedure,” Duffy said.
Campos-Duffy then took over the video and showed Valentina, who she said hasn’t been able to eat today in preparation for the upcoming surgery.
“You’re going to be good, you’re a strong girl,” Campos-Duffy said to the baby. “Mommy’s more nervous than you.”
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