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Heart surgery saves baby

Update: September, 18/2012 - 12:36

 

The baby, Lu Tra My from south-eastern Binh Phuoc Province, was born with a fault in the left side of her heart.—Tienphong.vn
HA NOI — (VNS) A baby girl nearly five months' old has been saved by new and complex heart surgery known as the Norwood procedure.

It was used in Viet Nam for the first time, according to Nguyen Thanh Liem, director of the National Hospital of Paediatrics on Monday.

The baby, Lu Tra My from south-eastern Binh Phuoc Province, was born with a fault in the left side of her heart. Doctors said she needed urgent attention if she was to survive.

My was operated on within 24 hours after being flown from HCM City to Ha Noi.

Doctors said the procedure was the most complex type of heart surgery and required a high level of expertise.

According to Trinh Xuan Long, head of the hospital's Quality Management Department, the expenses for My's treatment totalled VND600 million (US$28,500), but her family would pay only VND130 million ($6,200) because the rest was covered by medical insurance. — VNS

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