Whitney Ray Petersen remained in critical but stable condition Monday - one day after becoming the 23rd infant to receive a new heart at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Hospital spokesman Anita Rockwell said the condition of the Murray infant, born at the medical center 21/2 weeks ago, is normal for a baby who has undergone heart transplant surgery.Whitney received his life-saving heart during a 41/2-hour operation Saturday.

Rockwell said the infant was diagnosed before birth with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a lethal deformity of the heart, and was placed on Loma Linda's heart transplant list Sept. 21.

Whitney Ray's parents, Daymon and Cynthia, are anticipating relocating to Southern California as their son will be undergoing continuous evaluation and treatment at the medical center for many months.