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Beating the odds

Beating the odds

Source: KOMO News

Christina Caniparoli and her husband, Mark, came to Christina’s 20-week ultrasound at a local hospital with no expectations except to learn the sex of their second child. Four hours later, the couple left with very different news. Doctors told the Caniparolis that their baby had significant heart defects, and most likely had Down’s syndrome. The parents-to-be were presented with the option to terminate the pregnancy. Caniparoli asked for a second opinion and was referred to Seattle Children’s Heart Center, which performs about 500 heart surgeries per year. Due to the work of their incredible care team at Seattle Children’s, the Caniparoli’s daughter, Briella Caniparoli, celebrated her first birthday last Sunday, a miraculous feat given the struggles she’s had to overcome. Dr. Sujatha Buddhe of Seattle Children’s is featured in this interview.

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