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Encouraging news for girl with heart defect

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POSTED August 12, 2009 2:45 a.m.
Casey Lynn Bauer received plenty of attention during last February’s Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week.

The young daughter of Bryan and Shannon Bauer of Escalon was born with two holes in her heart, and has undergone two heart surgeries while spending a total of four months at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford.

A month shy of turning 3, the younger Bauer recently went back to Stanford for a pre-op appointment for a heart catheter.

“She had that done the following Monday,” Shannon Bauer said of her daughter. “The heart catheter went fairly well.”

The Bauers received some encouraging news about young Casey from the pediatric cardiologists.

“Dr. (Jeffrey) Feinstein said her numbers looked good,” Shannon Bauer added. “That was great news to our ears.

“They followed up the last hour and half with Dr. (Anne) Dubin doing an EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) study on Casey to define her normal baseline heart rhythm.”

They quickly located the problem area of Casey Bauer’s heart. The youngster had to do an overnight stay at the hospital before being released the following day.

“She’s been doing well. (The doctors) don’t want to undergo the third stage of the operation until at least a year from now,” Shannon said.

Shannon and her husband are optimistic about several recently FDA-approved products in the area of pediatric cardiology.

Included is REPEL-CV, a bioresorbable adhesion barrier film designed to be placed over the surface of the heart at the conclusion of an open-heart surgical procedure, thus, reducing the extent and severity of adhesions.

It’s estimated that 40,000 babies are born in just the U.S. with sort of congenital heart defect. CHD, worldwide, is among the leading causes of birth defect-related deaths.

A screening program served as early detection for young Casey Bauer.

Her folks have been networking online to make this procedure mandatory for all newborns.

“Early detection is the key,” Shannon said earlier this year.

More information on congenital heart defect can be found by logging on to www.tchin.org/aware.
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