Marwan's Heart Surgery


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Marwan
Age: 
5
From: 
Gaza

Emergency Surgery to Switch Great Arteries

Posted on Wed, 12/23/2009 - 00:00 by Jonathan Miles

Tiny baby Marwan was born in Gaza with transposition of the great arteries, causing his heart to pump blue (rather than red) blood back to his body. We first received an urgent call from the Gaza hospital for prostaglandin, a medication to keep open the small ductus between the chambers of his heart and keep him alive until emergency transfer to Israel. After sending several day's supply of this medicine to Gaza, our staff in Jerusalem were able to arrange an emergency ambulance transfer to the Wolfson Medical Center, where Marwan had successful surgery to switch his arteries on Monday. Today we found Marwan, now 20 days old, stable in the ICU following surgery.


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