20150115 - Transplant Baby (KG) - nwherald


Kyle Grillot - kgrillot@shawmedia.com

Demetri Tsilimigras lifts his 18-month-old son, Pano, while sitting at Kitchen table with his wife Eleni, 3-year-old daughter Anthi, and Pano's twin sister Katina Thursday, January 15, 2015 at their home in Cary. When Pano was just a few months old, he started showing symptoms of what the doctors thought was acid reflux. it turned out to be cardiomyopathy. By the time he was 6-months old, he had gone through three major surgeries including open heart surgery and then a heart transplant. Pano, a twin to his sister Katina, has been catching up to his sisters development ever since and remains on a strict regimen of medications, including anti-rejection meds he will take for the rest of his life.