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Wheeling Family Feels Blessed Over Miracle Baby

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Like all new parents, Ricci and Krista Zambito don't want to stop holding their baby. After what it took to get to this point, they may never put Luciano down.

"We were told that we needed to plan funerals instead of baby showers," Ricci said. "We were waiting for the inevitable, which was for our son's heart to stop."

It started with Krista's 20 week ultrasound scan. Doctors knew something was wrong.

"The heart was enlarged and it was showing that he had fetal high drops," Krista said. "I started crying, I was so upset and I asked the doctor, what does this mean?"

Doctors still aren't sure what was wrong, but after a few more tests, Krista and Ricci got some news that would turn their world upside down.

"We were told that he wasn't going to make it," Krista said. "Doctors in Wheeling told us that they were waiting for me to miscarry."

"It was the worst feeling," Ricci said. "The worst news that you could ever have."

Doctors were shocked the baby still had a heartbeat. He had anemia, but they didn't know why. Doctors told Krista she could have passed a virus to the baby, from working in the school system.

They said if the child did make it, his quality of life would be very poor. Chances of him surviving, where 1 in 1,000 and there was nothing Krista and Ricci could do.

Ricci and Krista refused to give up on their baby.

"I looked at him and I said, we have to pray," Krista said of the moment she and Ricci found out. 

They went to a specialist at McGee Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh.

"He said you have a very sick baby, but there's hope," Krista said.

That 'hope' was a blood transfusion, and this was uncharted territory, because doctors had never seen hemoglobin levels this low.

The first blood transfusion was a success, and a turning point for Krista and Ricci.

"We felt that there was finally some hope, that our prayers were being answered."

Luca had four more transfusions over the next four months, and little by little, he began to flourish.

On April 27, Krista had a c-section and she and Ricci said hello to their son.

"We heard a little whimper, we looked at each other, and we both instantly started crying," Ricci said. "We just feel like we have an absolute miracle here, just an absolute blessing."