Family names second son after doctor who gave them time, hope & memories with their first

Tommy and Tracy McCarthy were devastated when their son, Jack, was diagnosed with Loeys-Dietz. This connective tissue disorder characterized by aortic aneurysms was weakening the main artery in his body.

After the difficult diagnosis, the Ohio couple was turned down at several hospitals before traveling almost 400 miles to find hope at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL. Dr. Luca Vricella, a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon at the hospital, took on the case and performed surgery to try and repair the aneurysm.

Although Jack tragically passed away at 81 days old, the couple credit Dr. Luca Vricella with extending Jack’s life – giving them more time and priceless memories.

The couple recently gave birth to their second son, naming him Luca after the doctor who gave their first son, Jack, “every possible chance to live”.

Watch the tender moment when Dr. Luca Vricella meets baby Luca for the first time.