Vietnam hospital fixes heart defects on 23-day-old

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A photo taken by a doctor at Ho Chi Minh City Pediatrics Hospital shows a 23-year-old baby ruddy after being treated for tetralogy of Fallot, a combination of heart defects at birth

One of Ho Chi Minh City's leading pediatric hospitals has successfully treated the country’s youngest patient suffering from a rare heart condition.
Children’s Hospital No.1 operated on the infant, then 23 days old, late last month. The little patient has fully recovered and been discharged, Tuoi Tre reported.
The condition, named after French physician Étienne-Louis Arthur Fallot who described it in 1888, is caused by a combination of four congenital heart defects that affect the structure of the heart, cause oxygen-poor blood to flow out of the heart and into the rest of the body.
As their blood doesn’t carry enough oxygen, infants with the condition usually display blue-tinged skin.
Dr Vu Minh Phuc, head of the cardiology department at the hospital, said the baby was admitted black and blue and suffering from low blood oxygen.
An ultrasound scan helped diagnose the baby with Tetralogy of Fallot.
Doctors first used medicine to clear the pulmonary obstruction to let flood flow to lungs.
They said other children receiving the intervention had recovered, but this baby remained unstable. So they performed a surgery to insert an artificial tract into a blocked ventricle.
The baby was taken off a respirator after three days later and was discharged after 12 days.

Phuc said Vietnam has never performed a surgery for the condition on children below a month old as infant patients can have problems recovering.
He said most countries operate on children beginning at three months old or when the child has achieved the weight of nine kilograms.
Several experienced centers in the US have worked on newborns.

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