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Viagra helps baby survive his first year

Reporter: Allison Bybee

A little boy's parents didn't think he'd live to experience his first Christmas. But, against all odds, he's enjoying all the festivities.

One year ago, Cage Womack almost didn't survive. "It was indescribable - something that I never ever want to go through again," recalls Nikki Womack.

His mother's organs were failing trying to keep both her and her son alive. Cage was delivered 3 and a half months early. He weighed 1 pound 7 ounces. He was then flown to St. Mary's Medical Center. "He spent the next 100 days of his life there. At two weeks, he had heart surgery; he's had laser eye surgery."

In the coming four months, he underwent nine surgeries. And his family spent every day at Cage's side praying he would make it out of the hospital alive.

Now, almost one year to the day Cage Womack entered the world, his entire family is celebrating their Christmas miracle. "He's right where he should be. The only difference is his size. He is three and a half months behind everyone else... He was our miracle. Our absolute gift from God."

Cage has already gone through several extensive surgeries to get to this point, and doctors now tell his family he should never have to go through another surgery again.

"In two days, this little guy will be 1 year old, and, developmentally, he's on target with all other 1 year olds.

Surprisingly, the family credits Cage's health to the drug Viagra.  In small babies, it helps with lung and heart function.

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