Every now and then you encounter amazing stories like this one:
Oceané McKenzie, with fingers the length of a paper clip and a tiny mop of brown hair, has become the first baby in Canada to successfully undergo a life-saving heart intervention while still in her mother’s womb.
The experimental and risky procedure, performed by a team of doctors from the Hospital for Sick Children and Mount Sinai Hospital, involved putting a needle through Ms. McKenzie’s abdomen into the left ventricle of the baby’s heart. From there, doctors manoeuvred a wire the diameter of a strand of hair so a tiny balloon catheter could open the narrowed valve leading to Oceané’s aorta.
Doctors believe the little girl will have a normal life. Jolly good show.
Andrea adds: Incidentally, when Terry O’Neill posted about this over at the Western Standard, it spurred on a tremendous debate, mostly between the same people, about “property rights” and “personhood.” I returned to check it out, and found it interesting insofar as if you want to change minds you should know what is convincing to others and what is not. You can check it out, here. (I did not read the whole thread.)by