A 4 days old baby survives an open heart surgery!
The baby born with a heart problem survives the surgery at the age of just 4 days. This miraculous event took place in Leeds, England when the baby named Reggie Asin was born to a couple Lee and Michelle Asin of age 35 and 34.
Reggie Asin was born with a rare heart condition called the hypoplastic left heart syndrome. This is a condition when the heart is not able to pump the oxygenated blood through the body in adequate amounts. The condition leaves the life unable to be carried for long and the doctors had already predicted the chance of 50% for survival.
The parents had known about this condition of the baby 20 weeks into the pregnancy and opted to not abort the baby. The baby was born with a weight of 9 pounds 12 ox on Sept 1 last year. However right after birth the saving of the life became critical and the three step procedure of “Norwood” was decided to be undertaken, the first of which is critical to survive.
It was when the baby was just 4 days that the open heart surgery was planned to do.
This meant that the right ventricle would be re-written to pump oxygenated blood while the non-oxygenated blood was pumped to flow to the lungs directly. To the amazement of all baby survived the open heart surgery at the age of just 4 days which increases the chance of his survival further.
The parents have thought to be with the baby for each day till he lives and support his life for as long as they can.
The baby has won a fight at the age of 4 days and he is already a fighter now! It is expected that the baby shall win over the disease soon and live his life like everyone else does!
WHAT IS HYPOPLASTIC LEFT HEART SYNDROME?
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a condition in which the left lower pumping chamber of the heart (left ventricle) does not develop properly.
In children with the condition, the valve between the left ventricle and the upper left filling chamber (left atrium) if often closed or small.
The main blood vessel that carried blood from the heart to the rest of the body is also smaller than usual.
This means the heart is unable to pump blood effectively around the body.
Most babies with the condition appear healthy immediately after birth but quickly become breathless if not treated.
Most are diagnosed before birth.
It is not possible to cure the condition but most children can have a reasonable quality of life if they have successful surgery to manage it.
Only about 60 per cent of patients survive all three of the required operations.
For those who do, life expectancy is in the teens.
Source: Great Ormond Street Hospital and the British Heart Foundation