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Antonio Onochie, overcame birth defects to lead normal life <br> Nov. 17, 1993 -- Jan. 31, 2009

Antonio Onochie of Buffalo, who defied a prognosis that gave him only a few months to live due to multiple birth defects, died unexpectedly Saturday in Women and Children's Hospital. He was 15.

Antonio underwent 27 surgeries and was able to lead a relatively normal life. He attended School 84, the Erie County Health Care Center for Children, took part in school activities and looked forward to graduation in June.

"He was just a wonderful kid," said his aunt, Jean Adams. "He did everything the doctors said he couldn't do. They called him the miracle baby."

He enjoyed going to movies and attending basketball games and wrestling matches. His life story was the first one recorded by his pediatrician, Dr. Deborah F. Raiken, in her book "Miracles on Bryant Street."

Surviving are his parents, Tracie and Christopher; a brother, Lamar; a sister, Christina; and his grandmothers, Leta James Hooser and Josephine.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today in True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St.


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