Tech­nol­ogy Of­fers New Hope for Chil­dren Born with Heart De­fects

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MI­AMI, Fla. – A sur­geon at Mi­ami Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal’s Con­gen­i­tal Heart In­sti­tute has per­formed the na­tion’s first heart valve re­place­ment on a pre­ma­ture in­fant with a se­vere heart de­fect by us­ing CorMa­trix ex­tra­cel­lu­lar ma­trix ma­te­rial – an in­no­va­tion that saved one-yearold Ana­liah Duarte Es­cor­cia’s life and may make it pos­si­ble for her to avoid fu­ture valve re­place­ments com­mon when me­chan­i­cal or bi­o­log­i­cal valves are used. Dr. Red­mond P. Burke, Di­rec­tor of Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Surgery at Mi­ami Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, per­formed the op­er­a­tion in Fe­bru­ary 2012. “Ana­liah was born with two de­fec­tive heart valves and had very lim­ited op­tions,” said Dr. Burke. “Her heart was mas­sively en­larged and had com­pressed both of her lungs se­verely. The mor­tal­ity rate for this de­fect is among the high­est for any con­gen­i­tal heart prob­lem.”

New op­tions, new hope

Cur­rent treat­ment op­tions are lim­ited for pa­tients with th­ese chal­lenges. One

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