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A baby woke up from a coma and smiled at his dad. Now his family is raising money to save his life

When 14-week-old baby Michael woke up from a medically induced coma, he recognized his dad and flashed an adorable smile.

Emma said the hospital quote for the surgery is about $147,000. This doesn't include other expenses such as travel, lost workdays and recovery costs.

The Labuschagnes say they are determined to give Michael the treatment he needs, no matter the cost.

"When we received a response from Boston confirming that he would be a good candidate for surgery, it did not matter what the cost was," said Emma. "We would pay any amount of money to save our child's life."

As soon as they received the estimate from the hospital, Emma started a GoFundMe account to raise funds for the surgery.

She said the response from the public has been overwhelming.

"We have had well-wishers and donations from all over the world!" she said. "We are unbelievably thankful!"

Michael has an internal defibrillator and pacemaker to support his heart. Emma told CNN his medication must be administered four times a day and often causes side effects such as stomachaches, diarrhea and skin sensitivity that prevents him from going out in the sun.

The family hopes to travel to the United States for the surgery in April. For now, they are enjoying their time with the baby and trying to juggle their lives with his medical needs.

"Looking at him, he is like any other baby," Emma said. "He is always smiling and grinning widely. His older brothers dote on him and he is a strong little character in our family. We are just so grateful for him, even with his medical troubles."


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