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Doctors Save Life Of Child Born Without Trachea In Groundbreaking Operation


Doctors in Milwaukee are receiving praise after completing a life-saving surgery, the first of its kind.

A team of physicians at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin was able to save the life of Thomas Richards, a boy born without a trachea.

[Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

 Also commonly called the windpipe, the trachea is a large tube that connects the mouth to the lungs, allowing us to breathe. In most cases of children born without one, a rare but serious condition, the patient often doesn’t survive more than a few hours due to the lack of air.

In a statement from the hospital, never before in the U.S. has a patient survived when born without a trachea/windpipe, making this a historic operation.

[Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

Doctors at Mansfield Clinic in Wisconsin determined the issue hours after his birth and ordered for immediate transfer and surgery in Milwaukee. There, Richards endured a brutal surgery given he was only a few hours old. Doctors detached his esophagus from his stomach and instead connected it to his lungs, expanding and strengthening it with synthetic material so it could serve as a windpipe.

[Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

According to CHW officials, over the last 100 years, less than 200 babies born without a trachea have been documented in medical literature. It is unknown exactly how uncommon the condition is, but there is one less death, thanks to the work of these hard doctors.

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[Featured Image: Stevens Point Journal]

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