Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Great news!!

Children with valve defects face a lifetime of open heart surgeries - including three or more operations before high school graduation to repeatedly replace the tissue.

"This is a major limitation to our ability to provide ideal quality of life for children with these defects," said (Dr. Frank) Hanley, who is executive director of the Children's Heart Center at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto.

"It would make a dramatic difference in these children's lives if they could get one operation as a newborn and it would last forever."Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2010%2F06%2F01%2FMNP41DMBUQ.DTL#ixzz0pdUgUFg5

3 comments:

Chris H said...

That would be amazing for sure. Wonder if it will ever happen?

Eric said...

Thank you for the article! We saved our son's cord blood at the last minute because I read an article on this literally the night before he was born. He was born with ToF/PA/Mapcas, repaired at 3 mos. in Boston, but faces at least 2-3 conduit replacement surgeries. We're hoping they get this sorted by the time his last one rolls around, but not counting on it.

Julia said...

Wow! That would be wonderful!