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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Science can be amazing

15-minute-old newborn gets pacemaker for heart
The name Jaya in Hindi means victorious. And little Jaya Maharaj was just that, when she became one of the smallest recipients of a pacemaker when she was just 15 minutes old.

Jaya is now three months old and doing quite well, despite having to induce labour so prematurely and the operation that gave her the pacemaker. Doctors chose to implant one rather than do an external one with a second surgery later, and the pacemaker should last her ten years. I'm so glad that medicine was able to give this child a second chance, and I'm sure her family is thrilled to have her. The condition could easily have caused her to die in the womb.

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