The youngest baby to ever have open heart surgery was a mere 17-and-a-half hours old. The surgery took place a few months ago at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, UK where parents Jo and James were warned their newborn baby daughter only had a 15 percent chance of survival. Beating the odds however, it now appears baby Jasmine Carr will be home by April 2012.
Baby Jasmine needed the surgery as, at a 20-week scan, it was found that she had hypoplastic left heart syndrome. This is when one side of the heart doesn’t develop properly, so, at 37 weeks, they induced labor and Jasmine weighed in at 5 lb 13 oz with a heart that was only the size of a walnut. During the 11-hour surgery, Dr. Asif Hasan re-plumbed the heart so that the right side could do the work of the left. The day after, Jasmine suffered a cardiac arrest and for three months thereafter, was confined to intensive care. But then, in mid-December, she moved to a high dependency ward and now doctors are confident she will make a complete recovery.
She has now undergone further surgery in order to widen an artery. In the next few months, it is hoped – and expected – she will be able to go home. Jasmine breaks records since the youngest baby before her to undergo this surgery was 36-hour-old Rudy Maxwell-Jones who was operated on in July 2011.