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Transposition of the Great Arteries: Baby Nina

Abandoned within the first two weeks of her life, Nina is a newborn with a very complex set of issues in her heart. Her orphanage noticed that she was suffering from breathing distress as well as malnutrition and dehydration, and they called to ask for our help.

Once we move Nina to a nearby hospital for an evaluation, doctors discovered that she was born with a severe TGA heart defect. TGA stands for “Transposition of the Great Arteries” and is a rare and extremely serious condition in which the two arteries that leave the heart are reversed, or transposed. This condition can lead to low oxygen levels which in Nina’s case resulted in breathing distress.

Surgery for a TGA heart defect is ideally done within the first week of life, but because she had become orphaned, Nina did not have that opportunity.  According to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, “Untreated, over 50 percent of infants with transposition will die in the first month of life, 90 percent in the first year.” (Read more about TGA here:  https://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/t/transposition).

At the moment, Nina is in a local hospital receiving supportive care until she can be moved to a cardiac hospital in Shanghai after Chinese New Year. The doctors in Shanghai need to evaluate her needs, but we anticipate she will need to have open-heart surgery very quickly after she arrives.

This beautiful little girl now faces a very tough battle on her own. Will you join Team Nina and stand beside this tiny heart warrior?  Your donation will help her to have the very best chance at a healthy future.

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