September 7, 2012

Twice Blessed


This past Monday, a central Iowa couple was able to bring their twin babies home for the first time. One baby, the boy, was born healthy, but his sister has a serious heart defect that kept her hospitalized for nearly four months. In January, at 18 weeks of pregnancy Brad Weitl and Christina DeShaw discovered that one of their twins had hypoplastic left heart syndrome, in which the left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped…After several consultations at a number of facilities, it was decided that Ava and Aidan would be delivered by C-section at Mayo.  On May 8th, a large surgical team was assembled in adjoining rooms. They were led by pediatric cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Harold Burkhart.


Iowa Public Radio by Pat Blank

Tags: Cardiology, Dr. Harold Burkhart, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, Iowa Public Radio, Pediatrics, twin babies

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