3-Year-Old Thriving After Becoming First to Get World's Smallest Mechanical Heart Valve During Medical Trial

3-Year-Old Thriving After Becoming First to Get World's Smallest Mechanical Heart Valve During Medical Trial

Source: ABC News

For her family, 3-year-old Sadie Rutenberg is living proof that medical miracles are real. For the first year of her life, she was hooked up to a machine that helped her breathe because of a heart defect. Her problems were too complicated for minor surgery and her body was too weak for a heart transplant. Then Dr. Jonathan Chen, chief of pediatric cardiovascular surgery and co-director of Seattle Children's Heart Center, asked whether the family would try something different and take part in a medical trial for a miniature, mechanical heart valve that was manufactured by Abbott. In May 2015, when she was 8 months old, Sadie had surgery to connect the mechanical heart valve. She was the first child in the valve trial to receive it.

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