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Baby whose parents married in NICU comes home

Baby whose parents married in NICU comes home

TATAMY, Pa. - A baby boy in Northampton County is home from the hospital, after his parents exchanged their vows in a hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in March.

Inside their Tatamy Borough home, Joshua and Amber Fox adoringly feed their six-month-old baby boy Lucas.

Lucas was just released from the hospital two weeks ago, but his labored breathing hasn't gone away.

"He has so much mucus, because of his lungs not completely formed the right way," said Amber Fox.

Soon after Lucas was born, doctors discovered Lucas had a leak in his left lung and an obstruction in his intestines.

Lucas was still recovering from those health complications when the couple wedded inside his St. Christopher's Hospital room.

Five months after their wedding anniversary, the Fox's said Lucas is still fighting a difficult battle.

Doctors believe the medicines that kept him alive back in March, may have weakened his liver.

Now, Lucas' parents said he is in need of a liver transplant.

"It's terrifying," Amber Fox said.

While they're fearful, the Fox's are not without hope.

"We are trusting in God, and we know that he is in good hands," said Joshua Fox.

While Lucas is still in the very early stages of the transplant process, his parents hope they'll soon hear some good news.

It's possible Joshua and Amber could be donor match.

"I would be overjoyed, if we can help him, get him better, and he can be a normal baby," said Amber Fox.

The Fox's said Lucas will need to gain weight before he could even be considered strong enough for the surgery.

But that's easier said than done--the liver problems are making gaining weight a challenge.

Despite the health scares and constant checkups, the Fox's are still enjoying the everyday joys of their son.

"To him, all he cares about is showing love and compassion he has for people," said Joshua Fox.

"I just look at him, him just laughing and smiling it makes my day," said Amber Fox.

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