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Miracle Surgery Saves Baby with Wrong Blood Flow

Miracle Surgery Saves Baby with Wrong Blood Flow

Cured, boy whose heart pumped blood the Wrong Way round his body.

A toddler has had pioneering surgery to correct the flow of blood of blood in his body.

Alec Hutchinson, three, was born with Congenitally Corrected Transposition, an extremely rare condition which caused his heart pumped blood the wrong way around his body.

alec hutchinson in hospital Miracle Surgery Saves Baby with Wrong Blood Flow

In sufferers, the artery taking oxygenated blood to the body, the aorta, is connected to the smaller pumping chamber of the heart, the right ventricle.

This means the heart cannot create a large enough amount of pressure to push the blood sufficiently around the body. As a result of this, Alec had very low oxygen levels in his blood, and was often breathless and blue.

In order to correct Alec’s heart, surgeons at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, England had to carryout and procedure known as a ‘double switch’.

There was a one in five chance that Alec would not survive the operation – but thankfully everything went to plan.

Because of their success, the Freeman Hospital will now offer the procedure to other youngsters with the same condition.

alec hutchinson recovered Miracle Surgery Saves Baby with Wrong Blood Flow

Mr. Hutchinson, 41, a maintenance engineer, said:

“Everyone thought it was just a viral infection at first but we knew something was wrong. He was just crying all the time and it was as if he was panting for breath,.

“They ran tests and eventually found he had an irregular heartbeat. Then we were told things were bad and he had a hole in his heart.”

Heart surgeon Asif Hasan said that further investigation revealed the extent of Alec’s condition.

“Alec’s heart was pretty scrambled really,” he said.

“The blue blood which comes into the heart was coming into the wrong side. He was blue because he had a low level of oxygen in his blood and he couldn’t have survived without an operation,

“We had to switch the blood vessels around so his heart was correctly connected. It’s a big operation but it went well. He was out of intensive care quickly and now he is home…

“His prognosis is good and he should lead a normal life. It’s an unusual operation to do and it’s the first one we have done here in Newcastle.”

Mr. Hutchinson said that Alec had found the operation draining, but had soon bounced back.

“Alec is back to his old self, bossing everybody around. He’s been a brave lad. Since the operation he’s been able to ride his bike again.”

Miss Hall, 30, a nursery assistant, added: “I’m over the moon now it’s all over. He’s back to his cheeky little self.”

Alec’s condition became apparent when he was just five weeks old. An initial operation to improve his condition was immediately carried out but the family was told that Alec would need the Double Switch while he was still very young.

Alec is now recovering with his parents, Lynne Hall and Brian Hutchinson, in Dipton, County Durham and is expected to lead a perfectly normal life.


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