UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Doctors in Canada have carried out what may be the first surgery of its kind on an unborn child.
Sebastian Havill’s parents learned their first baby had a congenital heart defect while he was still in the womb.
Such a condition would normally be corrected with open-heart surgery after birth but Sebastian risked brain damage or even death because his blood would lose access to oxygen once he was born.
Doctors at the Hospital for Sick Children and Mount Sinai Hospital were confident they could fix Sebastian’s heart in-utero.
Five days before his birth, surgeons inserted a needle through his mother’s uterus and into his heart to blow up a tiny balloon that temporarily helped his heart work right.
After Sebastian was born, doctors were able to perform open-heart surgery.
News of the successful procedures broke this week.
Sebastian is now nine weeks old and is growing like a normal, healthy baby boy.