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From: Liz <>
Subject: Re: Blue Baby?
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 1999 07:53:30 +0000


wrote:
>
> Wern't Blue Babies lacking oxygen with heart and lung problems?
>
> christine

The medical name was Fallot's Tetralogy. In essence it involved a 'hole
in the heart' which caused blood to be pumped out to the arteries
without being oxygenated by the lungs. The lack of oxygen in the blood
causes the characteristic 'blue' tinge to the child's skin. they are
also breathless and grow poorly. Such a child would rarely live beyond
the age of ten. Surgery on such children began, with some success, in
the mid 1940s but has now become routine with developments in heart
surgery and is usually performed in the first year of life, so it is
rare to see a 'blue baby' nowadays although children are still born with
the defect.

Regards

Liz (Greenwich UK)

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