Hope and Gratitude: Bozeman Parents Grateful for Healthy Twins After One Undergoes Life-Saving Surgery
At just over 35 weeks, twins Freya and Sabina Sturges came into the world early on Sept. 26. Freya was first, weighing a little over 5 pounds. A minute later, her little sister Sabina followed, a couple pounds smaller than Freya. After Dr. Dennis Ruggerie, a Seattle Children’s Hospital pediatric cardiologist who is based in Great Falls, read the results of little Sabina’s echocardiogram to her parents, they learned she had numerous issues with her heart, the most critical of all was what is called an aortic coarctation, a congenital heart defect that involves a narrowing of the aorta. Sabina was flown to Seattle Children’s Heart Center and on Oct. 5, she went into surgery where surgeons removed the narrow part of her aorta and reconnected the two ends to allow her heart to function normally. A follow-up echocardiogram in November showed that the repair looked good.
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