Barcelona, A baby was saved via the latest technology that is operating in the lungs of the baby when he was still in his mother’s womb. This is the world’s first lung surgery is done while still a fetus.
Alaitz Corominas from Spain now grown into a happy and healthy toddler after he became the world’s first baby who underwent a surgical procedure in the uterus that is three months before he was born in November 2010.
Doctors found a problem in the lungs Alaitz after a routine ultrasound examination. When the doctor immediately to act quickly because he probably survive without the operation is very small. But this procedure is very risky and no one has ever managed before.
Team of specialists consisting of Josep Maria Martinez, Julio Moreno Mentserrat Castanon and said if he was not operated on, then most likely he will die. Finally Alaitz parents agreed to do the surgery while he was still in the fetus.
Usually prenatal surgery (surgery on the uterus) are performed on unborn babies who have a hernia or heart problems. Prenatal surgery is similar to other operations, but the fetus is still dependent on the placenta.
In this operation the experts insert an endoscope is a camera that is equipped with a tube. The tool is inserted into the mouth and then down into the throat and lungs.
The lung images seen on television the operating room and found he was suffering from bronchial atresia. This condition is where the bronchi (air tubes of the trachea into the lungs) is not properly connected to the central airways that makes breathing difficult.
Surgeons from the Hospital Clinic 2 institutes and Joan de Deu reconnected bronchial tract in his right lung to the central airways. This procedure only lasts for 30 minutes.
“In this case, you have to do the surgery as quickly as bank robbery. But be careful because the network is fine (as thin as cigarette paper) and carried out near the heart,” said Eduard Gratacos who led the operation, as quoted from Dailymail.
Time of this operation, Alaitz in the womb of his mother’s pregnancy reaches 26 weeks of age, and Alaitz can remain until they reach 9 months of gestation and was born in November 2010 with a 2.5 Kg weight.
After 13 days Alaitz born, he must menjalami surgery to remove two of the three right lung lobes are damaged bronchus malformation. But doctors say that this appointment will not affect the health and quality of life.
“At that time, surgery is the only option. But he’s now very normal, she was happy, laugh when happy or cry when hungry,” said Monica Corominas (33 years), the mother.
Alaitz now been able to smile, waved and walked as it appears in public for the first time with his parents and a team of doctors who perform surgery at the hospital.
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