Shanghai doctors fix birth defect of 3-month-old Tibetan baby

A 3-month-old Tibetan boy was discharged from Shanghai Xinhua Hospital on Monday after successful minimally invasive surgery to repair his congenital esophageal disconnection.

The boy started spitting bubbles on delivery and was unable to eat. He was diagnosed with congenital esophageal atresia, a severe inborn malformation that means the esophagus is broken.

Ti Gong

The distance from the disconnected esophagus was 4.8 centimeters.

When fed, the milk enters the lungs of these children. Without surgery, children with such a deformity can die quickly due to malnutrition and pneumonia.

Additionally, children with such a deformity usually have multiple problems in other organs, the doctors said.

For the boy, the gap between the two disconnected parts of his esophagus was 4.8 centimeters and he also suffered from congenital heart disease.

The family took the boy to Xinhua Hospital in Shanghai, which devised a plan for minimally invasive surgery to reduce the damage while repairing the deformity.

The operation on July 21 lasted only one hour and 40 minutes with 2 milliliters of bleeding.

The boy has recovered well and is now able to eat. He steadily gained weight.

Her upset father wrote a letter in Tibetan to express his gratitude to the doctors in Shanghai.

Shanghai doctors fix birth defect of 3-month-old Tibetan baby

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Doctors perform minimally invasive surgery on the boy.

Shanghai doctors fix birth defect of 3-month-old Tibetan baby

Ti Gong

The boy’s father wrote a letter in Tibetan to express his gratitude to the doctors in Shanghai.