RELEASE: SCHNEIDER CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER OF ISRAEL
IN ISRAEL: OPEN HEART SURGERY IN PREMATURE
BABY WEIGHING 1.76 LBS.
rare open-heart operation conducted at Schneider Children’s Medical Center
of Israel, saved the life of a premature baby weighing 1.76 lbs. (800 grams).
The infant, one of a pair of twins born in the 30th week of
pregnancy three weeks ago, was transferred to Schneider Children’s, a member
of Clalit Health Services, suffering from a congenital heart defect.
Einat Birk, Director of the
Cardiology Institute at Schneider Children’s, and Dr.
Michael Berant, Director of the Institute’s Echocardiography
Unit, diagnosed a rare transposition of the major arteries whereby the right
pulmonary artery arose from the aorta instead of from the major pulmonary
artery. This condition caused a tremendous overload of blood in both lungs.
The lungs slowly deteriorated resulting in severe heart failure with the
infant’s life at stake.
consultation with specialists abroad, Prof.
Bernardo Vidne, Director of Schneider Children’s Cardiothoracic
Surgery Department, Prof. Leah Sirota,
Director of Schneider Children’s Neonatology Department, and Dr.
Birk, decided to operate to correct the defect.
was the first time that open heart surgery (utilizing a heart-lung machine)
was conducted on such a small infant in Israel. There are only a few
documented cases in the world. The operation was performed successfully last
Thursday and the infant is now recovering in the Neonatal Department at
operation was conducted by Prof. Bernardo
Vidne, Director of Schneider Children’s Cardiothoracic Surgery
Department, Dr. George Frenkel,
Cardiac Surgeon, and anesthesiologists, Dr.
Yakov Katz, Director of the Pediatric Anesthesiology Unit and Dr.
Vidne: “I have conducted many
open heart surgeries in children during my career, and this was one of the
most exciting that I have done. This baby had no chance of survival had he not
undergone surgery. Despite the dangers involved due to the enormity and
complexity of the infant’s defect, we decided to proceed and I am happy that
the operation was successful and I wish him and his family the best of
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