Houston & Peach

Doctors try to find cause of bleeding for Houston boy dubbed 'Li'l Man'

Doctors at Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta have cut the flow of blood to the left lung of Robert M.L. Davis Jr. in an attempt to find out why he's been coughing up blood.

The 3-year-old's grandmother and guardian, Catherine Holland of Warner Robins, said Thursday evening the left lung was already not working but still had some blood in it.

"So now we wait again," she wrote in an online site she's maintaining to give updates on his condition. "They stopped the flow to see if they could find out where the blood is coming from."

The boy was born with pulmonary atresia, a congenital heart condition that prevents oxygen-rich blood from flowing into his lungs, and he just returned last week from California where he underwent an operation to replace shunts he's outgrown. Last Friday he began coughing up blood and was airlifted from Macon to Atlanta.

The situation for "Li'l Man" is very serious, Holland said.

"If this doesn't work there is nothing else to do," she wrote. "But Papa (husband M.L. Holland) and I know how much he loved life, and God knows what He wants. Thanks for all the prayers."