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Boy receives heart transplant two months after brother's surgery

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - In January we brought you the success story of11-year-old Eric Montano, as he was released from Rady Children's Hospital following a groundbreaking heart transplant. Now his twin, Raul, is recovering from his own surgery.

Raul received a new heard nine days ago, and is now slowly recovering.

"He started walking two or three days ago," father Rogelio Montano said.

Less than two months ago, his twin brother Eric received the first ever pediatric heart transplant in San Diego.

Both boys suffer from the same condition, known as restrictive cardiomyopathy, a disorder that prevents the heart from filling with blood properly.

The boys' father says that these past few months have been a rollercoaster of emotions for the family.

"It's happiness. Sometimes it's sadness, but mostly its happiness since we got another donor for my kid," Rogelio said.

Rogelio says that over the past eight weeks following the first transplant, Eric has been making amazing progress.

"I think he's more powerful, more energy. He's trying to do more stuff than he could do before," he said.

While the family sees this as a double blessing, the emotional and financial strain is building. There's mounting medical bills and limited transportation, as both parents are currently taking time off work to be with their boys as they continue to gain strength.

"Both of them, both of them are really brave," Rogelio said.

To help cope with those mounting medical bills and other expenses the family is facing, the boys' teachers at Rolando Park Elementary have set up a special online fund for the Montanos. For more information, CLICK HERE>>>>.

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