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Bakersfield boy put on ECMO after long-awaited heart transplant

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Brayden Eidenshink, a Bakersfield boy who received a new heart after being on a heart transplant list for close to four and a half years, has been placed on ECMO.

In an update on Brayden's Facebook page, Brayden's family says his heart needed more rest and had to be placed on "ECMO (life support)" at 2 a.m. According to the family, the machine does the work for his heart and his other organs.

The family says the ECMO machine is temporary, and that they will not give up. In a previous update, Brayden's family said his kidneys took "a bit hit," and his lungs partially collapsed. At that time, his family said Brayden was very sick right now, but doctors were hoping that dialysis would help him.

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