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Pa. mom gives birth during open heart surgery


Pa. Mom Gives Birth During Open Heart Surgery


A Pennsylvania mom is sharing her story after miraculously giving birth while undergoing open heart surgery.

"The pain, it wasn't sharp pain, it was just pressing. ... The last thing I remember is emergency people coming. That's it."

WTXF reports Edita Tracey, who was eight months pregnant at the time, suffered a tear in her aorta - a major artery in the heart. When doctors put her to sleep for surgery, Tracey's daughter was born about 30 seconds later. A heart surgeon says it was the most complicated procedure he has done in the last 30 years.

Not only that, but the tear was about a foot long. After giving birth, Tracey underwent a nine-hour-long surgery. She made it out okay, and she told ABC she's happy that she and her daughter are both alive and well.

ABC reports Tracey has Marfan Syndrome, which The Marfan Foundation says involves weakened tissue including the walls of blood vessels.

On top of that, Tracey was also reportedly preeclampsia, which the Mayo Clinic says involves developing high blood pressure during pregnancy. That, coupled with Marfan Syndrome, made Tracey's condition potentially deadly.

Both mom and baby are now at home and doing well.

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Scott R Saunders June 22 2014 at 2:03 PM

Can't help but be continuously amazed the we still have the best health care in the world. The most expensive, granted but, it's still second to nobody.

Let's go to Britain, to Canada, to.... you name it. It would NOT have turned out as well. I'm glad Ms. Edita Tracey was in Pennsylvania to have this happy ending. You know where I'm going with this. There are those on the political left who are trying to reduce our system to the rationed, two-tiered systems they all have in all of western Europe. Let's not go there.

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oujoou June 22 2014 at 1:29 PM

That's scarier than anything I've heard of in a long time. Holy crap. 9 hours. How did her family not develop the same condition waiting that long. :( That baby is sooo beautiful. Wow. Surgeons. Far out. :)

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gasenginenut June 22 2014 at 1:10 PM

glad she is well

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flhx14 June 22 2014 at 1:14 PM

Good luck in the future thankfully to good medical staff.

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phpoling June 22 2014 at 8:41 PM

Whoa! Crazy day for both of them that will talk about for years to come in the family! Congrats to the family on new baby girl and second chance on life!

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soccer_sucks June 22 2014 at 7:57 PM

Finaly a good story

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HI BEAUTIFUL June 23 2014 at 12:45 AM

Bogus story on so many levels. First, No one puts a pregnant woman 8 month under general anes, Next, how is it that there is no mention of hospital or doctor or city. 3rd. no one survives a 12 inch tear in the aorta and lives. The aorta is the largest artey in the body and under pressure from the pumping of the heart. A person would bleed out in less than a minute and die.

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gailneuman HI BEAUTIFUL June 23 2014 at 5:09 AM

I'm an OB nurse and yes, a pregnant woman can have general anesthesia. She was obviously in labor if she delivered 30 seconds after anesthesia was started, and the aorta was just starting to dissect (leak).

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Today HI BEAUTIFUL June 23 2014 at 4:13 PM

Look up Type I aortic dissection (Debakey classification) and you will see how bogus your own comment was. Without surgery she would have died within 24 hours and any anesthesiologist would have put her to sleep in this situation. Yes people survive with 12 inch dissection flaps.

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catbell7 June 22 2014 at 10:54 PM

hopefully the baby does not have Marfam's Disease also- it is an awful disease

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Kate June 22 2014 at 2:13 PM

That's amazing, and I am very happy for her and her daughter. I suppose her condition must have been life threatening, or they would never have operated on someone that far along in pregnancy.

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oceanview136 Kate June 22 2014 at 2:48 PM

Yes Kate, a foot long tear in the aorta is most definitely "life threatening" ! Congratulations to the mother, and her beautiful baby girl.

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Tutu Kate June 22 2014 at 8:37 PM

KateYa think it was an emergency situation? What part of bleeding out and death do you not understand???

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jrp1947 June 23 2014 at 2:00 AM

the doctor must have been on a real natural high and rightfully so to have pulled off that neat bit of surgery. Congrats to him and may the mother and child live a long and healthy life. The husband has been given a gift no man can say no to. A second chance to have his family and to enjoy them.

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