Boy battling heart defect passes away

Boy battling heart defect passes away

POSTED: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 2:24pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 8:59am

A young El Paso boy lost his battle against a rare heart condition Monday.

Matthew Olivas, Jr., 9, was born with ebstein's anomaly, a defect in the part of the tricuspid valve. "Gordo", as he was affectionately known, was scheduled to have open heart surgery this fall in Dallas, but complications left him needing a whole new heart.


He received an artificial heart Oct. 30.

It is still unknown what caused Matthew's passing.

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we will miss you gordo, but praise god you're in a better place with no pain watching over your family and those that love you!

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