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Smallest baby ever born with incomplete esophagus survives thanks to Colorado doctors

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DENVER (KDVR) — Magnets used during surgery helped doctors in Denver save the life of a premature baby.

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children believes the procedure marks the first successful Esophageal Atresia surgery on a baby weighing only 380 grams. Gabriella and Harper were born at 23 weeks in February of 2021 in Alliance, Nebraska.

“Twenty-three weeks is really the extreme limits of possible viability,” said Dr. Steven Rothenberg, chief of pediatric surgery at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.

The premature twins, born 250 miles from Denver, needed the expertise available at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. They were rushed to the hospital shortly after birth.

Parents Kayla Hatch and Victor Jacobo credit the medical workers for saving Harper….

Michael Konopasek

2022-04-10 13:03:14

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