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Doctors in Los Angeles successfully perform heart operation on fetus

from Catholic Online

Without the surgery, the child would likely have be born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome or HLHS, a life-threatening condition, hospital officials said. The fetal heart was developing with one valve too narrow, known as severe aortic stenosis, meaning the amount of blood coming into the heart was being severely restricted, backing up in the left ventricle. Surgeons used a hair-fine wire, a miniature needle, a tiny balloon and a catheter they successfully carried out the operation on the unborn child's heart, which was about the size of a walnut. more


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