6-day-old Arizona baby born prematurely receives heart transplant

February 12, 2015 1:21 PM

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6-day-old Arizona baby born prematurely receives heart transplant

An Arizona baby born prematurely and with a life-threatening heart condition successfully underwent a heart transplant when he was just 6 days old, and is continuing to recover after doctors initially told his parents he may not survive birth.

Doctors first noticed something was amiss during Caylyn Otto’s 20 week prenatal exam, The Arizona Republic reported. She was put in the care of pediatric cardiologist Dr. Christopher Lindblade at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, who was shocked at the size of the fetus’ heart.

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