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Seeking sight: A novel surgey saves one baby's vision

Lane_3400_cropAfter her daughter was born with a non-cancerous tumor obstructing her left eye, Katie Lane spent an afternoon lurching around her Waltham home, her hand blocking one eye, imagining life with monocular vision. With 20/20 eyesight, neither she nor her husband, Dan, even owned reading glasses. Now they were faced with the possibility that their daughter would be partially blind.

Little Kyleigh’s right eye was perfect: pale blue and brimming with mischief. But much of her left eye was covered by a choristoma, a tumor made up of normal tissue that formed in the wrong spot.

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One mother's story: our baby's congenital heart defect

By Tricia Garcia-Dergay

riley_photoRiley arrived on July 6, 2007, via c-section at a hefty 9 pounds and 10 ounces. She was gorgeous, plump and hairy. The doctors mentioned she had a heart murmur, but probably nothing we needed to worry about.

Fast-forward two weeks. Riley is home but has been fussy for a few days and not eating. She’s grunting and her color is off. Her dad and mom (who is herself dealing with a bout of Bell’s Palsy) take her to her pediatrician. He takes one look and goes into full “I’m more heroic and ‘take charge’ than Dr. Green from ER!” mode and rides with Riley (now in respiratory distress) in an ambulance to New England Medical Center (NEMC).

Riley spent the new two weeks at NEMC. While there, she underwent a cardiac catheterization to better diagnose the underlying problem. We knew she had pulmonary hypertension and mitral valve regurgitation. But we were still uncertain about the underlying cause.

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