22-Hour-Old Baby Undergoes Open Heart Surgery in Britain

by Kathy Jones on  November 28, 2011 at 8:31 PM Heart Disease News   - G J E 4
A 22-hour old baby became the youngest person to undergo an open heart surgery in Britain after he was diagnosed with a rare condition affecting one in 5,000 births.
 22-Hour-Old Baby Undergoes Open Heart Surgery in Britain
22-Hour-Old Baby Undergoes Open Heart Surgery in Britain

Toby Drink was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome after his mother, Sophie underwent a scan 21 months into her pregnancy. His health deteriorated rapidly after birth and the doctors had to conduct the 12-hour long operation in order to save his life.

Sophie revealed that when the doctors found something wrong with her pregnancy, they gave her three choices, terminate the pregnancy, do nothing which would have certainly resulted in his death or allow the doctors to conduct the surgery.

"He's my little fighter. It's great if he's one of the world's youngest but, to me, records don't matter too much. What's more important is that he's here - and he's alive", Sophie said.

Source: Medindia

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