Blue Babies Blue Baby Syndrome

Babies with this disorder are born with four different heart malfunctions.

  • hole in the wall between the two ventricles
  • right ventricles are swollen
  • pulmonary valve narrow
  • aorta shifted to the right when it is normally on the left
The condition is characterized by a bluish discoloration of the skin called cyanosis. The disorder originates early on in fetal development but you can't tell because the babies' systems are hooked to the mother's systems.

The first procedure was preformed by Vivien Thomas, on a 15 month girl, Eileen Saxton. Helen B. Tusig was the surgical technician.

Thomas had experimented on over 200 dog to perfect the process, but during the process he encountered some problems that he didn't have before.

The doctors don't know of any cure or know how to prevent blue baby syndrome, but they can treat it with a process call anastomosis.

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Created with images by Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, UofT - "Heart and lungs"

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