CHINA Surgeons successfully perform heart surgery on unborn 29-week-old

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Surgeons successfully perform heart surgery on unborn 29-week-old

China Plus

18:49, July 10, 2018

Surgeons at the Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital have successfully performed in-utero surgery on a 29-week-old fetus with a heart deformity. 

Surgeons are performing in-utero surgery on a 29-week-old fetus with a heart deformity at the Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital.[Photo: The Paper]

Surgeons are performing in-utero surgery on a 29-week-old fetus with a heart deformity at the Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital. [Photo: The Paper]

Three specialist surgeons took part in the operation, which involved reshaping a ventricle in a heart the size of an apricot pit. Three weeks after the survey, it appears that the surgery was a success. 

In-utero surgery is a relatively rare procedure used to address serious conditions that threaten the life of a fetus. Despite the success of the operation, long-term follow up of the child after birth will still be required.


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