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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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