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Baby woke up from a coma and smiled at her father. Now his family is raising money to save his life



"This is a moment I will honor with every inch of my heart," Emma Labushan, Michael's mother, told CNN. "To be really honest, this has to be the happiest moment of my life. It's a living miracle and we've never felt prouder of it."

The parents of Michael, Emma and Stuart Labushan said they were horrified to find that their baby had stopped breathing in the early hours of March 16.

Michael suffered a cardiac arrest at their home and the paramedics shocked him with a defibrillator and injected him with adrenaline to stabilize his heart rate.

When they arrived at the hospital, the doctors put Michael in a medically induced coma to protect his brain from further damage.

He is diagnosed with a rare tumor Michael's tumor is 5 inches wide, or about 2 inches. This is huge compared to the baby's tiny heart, which is about the size of their fist.

  Michael has a life-threatening heart fibroma in his heart.

Doctors have said that the condition of Michael's family is so rare that no surgeon in the UK will have the expertise to remove his tumor.

Emma said the family was given two options: either to wait in the heart for a heart transplant, or to find a surgeon outside the country.

Then they found out about Boston Children's Hospital, an American facility whose heart tumor program can boast a 100% survival rate over the past 10 years.

"We investigated the hospital, and in particular cardiac surgeons, Dr. (Pedro) del Nido and Dr. (Tal) Geva," Emma told CNN. "They have 100% success and an outstanding reputation. From that moment on, we realized we had to try and make this journey."

Travel won't be cheap

Emma said the hospital's offer for the surgery is about $ 147,000. This does not include other expenses such as travel, lost business days and reimbursement costs.

Labuschagnes say they are determined to give Michael the treatment he needs, regardless of the cost.

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

  The family hopes to travel to the US for surgery in April.