Tuesday 27 September 2016

Baby gets the gift of life thanks to pioneering surgery using parts of a cow

Geraldine Gittens

Published 30/10/2015 | 13:53

Photo: Elen Pritchard ‏@pritchard_elen
Photo: Elen Pritchard ‏@pritchard_elen

An tiny baby who has a rare condition was given the gift of life thanks to a pioneering surgery using parts of a cow.

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The baby was born with Holt-Oram syndrome, a condition which often leads to cardiac problems.

Little Noa Pritchard, now eight months old, underwent surgery when he was just a few days old when surgeons used both human and bovine parts to give him a “near perfect” heart, the Irish Daily Mirror has reported.

Noa is missing a bone in his right arm, and his finger and thumb are fused together.

But thanks to the surgery at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, Noa will not need any more heart surgery as he grows up.

His mother Elen, from Gwynedd in Wales said: “It’s incredible to think how he is today, compared to the serious prognosis given at the 20-week scan.”

“Noa’s such a little fighter. The light at the end of a dark tunnel is very dim, but his smile is dazzling and hope carries the day. He enjoys every day like any other little boy.”

"He enjoys every day like any other little boy, discovering more and more about the world around him," her mother told the Daily Post.

"He has become obsessed with the cats, the trees, his own feet and the myriad of toys.

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