Jimmy Kimmel’s Son’s Heart Defect Could Have Been Detected Before BirthMay 3, 2017
Popular TV host Jimmy Kimmel gave a tearful account on Monday night of his newborn son who went under emergency heart surgery mere hours after his birth. Doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center diagnosed the infant with tetralogy of Fallot, which is a combination of four different heart defects. Jimmy’s son had a severe form of the defect where the pulmonary artery, which is narrower than normal due to this condition, was completely blocked. Although his son survived a successful surgery, doctors state that the baby could have been diagnosed before birth. Ultrasounds can detect the defect, but physicians must know to look for the condition, which many doctors believe should be standard procedure. If parents are informed about the heart defect before birth, it seems less scary and urgent. Parents will feel prepared about the eventual surgery their baby will experience. When doctors detect the condition, they can administer prostaglandins to the mother, which opens up the artery and allows the blood to remain oxygenated until surgery is performed.
The undetected heart defect that Jimmy Kimmel’s son had required emergency heart surgery right after birth. Doctors failed to diagnose the defect before birth, which led to a challenging, emergency surgery that caused distress for the Kimmel family and their newborn baby. Unfortunately, even highly trained, and skilled physicians may overlook conditions that could be tended to before they reach critical states.
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