KUSA - Junior Montoya waited 7 months for a miracle.
Since fall 2013, the 5-year-old was living with a Berlin heart - an artificial heart that pumped his blood for him. He was plugged into the machine because he was suffering from Cardiomyopathy, a rare heart disease.
"He was going through pain every day, constantly," Josh Montoya, Junior's father, said.
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Junior was on the waiting list for a new heart at Children's Hospital. Then, a beam of hope happened in July.
"It's still surreal because it happened overnight," Josh said. "I got the call at 9 o'clock that night that the heart was on its way."
The 12-hour surgery was successful.
"There couldn't have been a more perfect heart for Junior," Josh said. "Virtually, he's in no pain right now."
Junior's recovery from the transplant has been so successful, Doctors hope to send him home to New Mexico by mid-September.
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