When Billy arrived at the hospital, doctors found that his heart and lungs were overworked. Before they could operate, Billy had to spend 30 days in the hospital on a strict diet .
Billy came through the surgery, but the next 72 hours were critical. Things turned serious when doctors discover a blood clot developed in Billy's leg. Doctors must operate again to prevent it from traveling to his heart or lungs. "This has been a big old emotional roller coaster," Barbara says. "He's what I live and breathe for. And if he dies, I'd just jump in the coffin with him."