Seattle Children's Performs Open Heart Surgery on 1-Day-Old, Saving Life

Seattle Children's Performs Open Heart Surgery on 1-Day-Old, Saving Life

Hours after being born, a baby named Liam boarded a private military plane in Guam for a life-saving operation at Seattle Children’s. Liam was born with a serious heart defect called transposition of the great arteries and needed open heart surgery. Doctors at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Guam coordinated with doctors at Seattle Children's, as well as doctors at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. “They say it takes a village to care for a child, but this situation took three highly coordinated villages,” said Dr. Jonathan Chen, who performed Liam’s surgery and is the chief of pediatric cardiovascular surgery, as well as co-director of Seattle Children’s Heart Center.

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