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Missoula Couple's 1-month Old Daughter Survives Open Heart Surgery

Missoula Couple's 1-month Old Daughter Survives Open Heart Surgery

Source: ABC News

A Missoula couple can breathe a sigh of relief, after their one-month old daughter survives a battle with a rare heart condition. Sandi and Dustin Henderson have spent the past two months at Seattle Children's Hospital with their daughter Clara, who had to have open-heart surgery when she was just two days old. At just one-month old, Clara Henderson has survived more than most people do in a lifetime. Clara has a rare heart condition called pulmonary stenosis. "The pulmonary valve in her heart was too narrow," Sandi Henderson said. In short, Clara's blood flow from her heart to her lungs was too slow. Henderson said her doctors discovered the problem when she was 14 weeks pregnant. Henderson had to leave Missoula to deliver Clara at the University of Washington Hospital, before Clara was quickly transported to Seattle Children's. "If we had not been here, she most likely would not have made it," she said.

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