Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Youngest Open Heart Surgery Patient: Chanel Murrish breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
NEWCASTLE, UK -- Chanel Murrish was delivered by caesarean at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital and almost immediately surgeons operated on the 7lb tot, placing a stent in her heart; she has become world's youngest open heart surgery patient,
according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: A baby girl has become World's youngest open heart surgery patient after undergoing a life-saving operation within minutes of being born. Chanel had hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which meant only one half of her heart was beating. The condition affects one in three million newborns. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the youngest open heart surgery patient is Chanel Murrish (UK, b. 24 February 2014) who was one minute old when she had the operation, in Tyne and Wear, Newcastle, UK, on 24 February 2014.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest gathering of heart transplant recipients; it is 189 and was achieved by Duke Heart transplant program (USA) at the Washington Duke Inn, Durham, North Carolina, USA, on 7 September 2014.
Last April, the European baby girl Chanel underwent the major heart surgery at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital just one minute after being born.
Her chances of survival were so low her parents Fay and Micheal were twice offered a termination. The 25 year old mother Fay said that her baby proved every possibility wrong and describes her as a determined little monkey.
Her chances of survival had been so low before birth that her parents were twice offered a termination - but they refused when they saw her 'thumbs-up' scan.
Since birth Chanel has undergone 10 operations, including two more open heart surgeries, to repair a condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which means just the right side of her heart beats. She still requires further surgery to bypass the left side of her heart using arteries from her neck and legs when she will turn 3.
Mother Fay said, baby proved every possibility wrong as initially doctors old them that their baby has low oxygen levels and probably wouldn't have much energy but she's such so determined and now she sits up and starts to dance on music.
The family has raised £3,000 for the CHUF heart unit at the Freeman Hospital.
More details can be found via facebook.com/ChanelMurrishHLHS.
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