Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

Premature infant smallest in Taiwan to receive heart procedure

Premature infant smallest in Taiwan to receive heart procedure

Taipei, March 13 (CNA) A premature infant weighing just 1,350 grams has been successfully treated for a congenital heart defect following catheter-based procedure performed a month after her birth, the Taichung Veterans General Hospital said Thursday. She is the lightest baby ever in Taiwan to undergo the procedure, the hospital said. The baby girl, who is now 80 days old and weighs 2,295 grams, was discharged from the hospital Thursday after making a full recovery. The girl was born last Dec. 23 at 30 weeks, with a birth weight of 1,280 grams, according to Fu Yun-ching, the hospital's chief of pediatrics. Detected with a heart murmur and symptoms of heart failure, she was diagnosed with patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), an abnormal heart condition in which the ductus arteriosus remains open after birth, Fu said. The ductus arteriosus is the blood vessel that allows blood to bypass the pathway to the lungs while babies are still in the womb, which usually closes within the first hours after birth. PDA is more often seen in premature babies, although it can also affect full-term infants. After medication failed to close her ductus arteriosus, the baby was given the catheter-based procedure Jan. 25, the doctor said. For a newborn, catheter-based procedures are a less risky choice than open surgery because they do not require the chest to be opened, leave no scars and allow the child to recover quickly, he said. The hospital first performed the procedure on a 1,610-gram infant last November and has since successfully treated three other premature newborns, including the latest case. In the other two cases, the patients were 1,900 grams and 1,600 grams, respectively, at the time the procedures were performed, according to the hospital. (By Chen Shu-fen and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-06-20 18:30 GMT+08:00