Thursday, March 27, 2008
Pioneering Surgery Cures The Boy Whose Blood Flowed The Wrong Way
Three year old Alec Hutchinson, was born with a rare condition which caused the blood vessels in his heart were plumbed in back to front.
This means it cannot create a large enough amount of pressure to push blood all the way round the body. As a result of this, Alec had low oxygen levels in his blood and was often breathless and blue.
Four weeks ago, the condition was corrected by a 'double switch' procedure to turn his heart vessels around.
Doctors gave Alec a 20% chance that he would not survive the operation - but thankfully everything went to plan.
Now that he has recovered, his prognosis is good and doctors believe that he should lead a normal life.
His mom says that:
"Alec is back to his old self, bossing everybody around. He's been a brave lad. Since the operation he's been able to ride his bike again."
Because the double switch surgery was a success, surgeons at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle will offer the procedure to other kids with the same condition.