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Fox News Star Shares Heartwarming Update

Bret Baier, the Fox News anchor, recently shared that his son Paul’s recuperation from an urgent open-heart surgery is progressing quite well.

Last week, an MRI revealed that the 16-year-old had developed an aneurysm in his heart, approximately the size of a golf ball, which required immediate surgical intervention. Remarkably, this marked Paul’s fifth open-heart surgery since his birth.

“Tonight, @AmyBaier1 and I want to thank the staff @ChildrensNatl for once again saving our son Paul’s life. You may have noticed I have been absent from #SpecialReport for the last few days — our 16 year old son had to undergo his 5th open heart surgery yesterday. This one was unexpected and considered an emergency,” Bret Baier wrote. “He is doing remarkably well and we are so incredibly grateful to the doctors and nurses at Children’s National. Thank you for your prayers — I will be back on Monday.”

The LA Times reported: “Baier included in his post a clip of Mike Emanuel, Fox’s chief Washington correspondent, filling in for him. In the clip, Emanuel honorarily appoints Dr. Yves d’Udekem, cardiac surgery chief at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., winner of the week in a nod to the regular segment on Baier’s show. The ordeal began when Paul seemingly caught a common cold. Given his history of heart problems — he was born with five congenital heart defects — Paul’s mother, Amy Baier, played it safe and took him to a doctor.”

“The doctor, Dr. Stein, was very thorough and before we left, she said, ‘Let’s do a chest X-ray, just to be sure everything’s okay,’” Amy told the outlet. The cardiologist reviewed the X-ray and recommended an MRI, which revealed the aneurysm.

“The MRI comes back, and they sit me down and say, ‘This is a really big deal,’” Bret Baier told People magazine. “And they didn’t know whether it might burst, but if it did, it might have been fatal in a matter of minutes.”

Doctors advised that Paul should undergo urgent open-heart surgery. As per his father, Paul received the news with composure. “He thought I was joking at first, then he absorbed it and said, ‘Okay, let’s do what we need to do,’” Bret Baier said. “He’s always been that warrior, but this was a big one to absorb.”

“As he rolled away on the gurney, it was pretty tough. Very emotional,” he added. “Then we had a waiting game for about 10 hours, which was excruciating.”

Paul successfully underwent surgery to remove an aneurysm and was released from the hospital five days after the operation. He is currently recuperating at home and is anticipated to steer clear of any further open-heart procedures in the future.

“I’m so grateful to have the community I have, and to have my life,” Paul told People. “A lot can change in a matter of five hours.”

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