Two-month-old Spanish baby saved by pioneering heart transplant

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MADRID (Reuters) – The life of a two-month-old Spanish girl was saved by pioneering surgery when doctors transplanted a small heart that had stopped beating from a donor with a different blood type, Hospital Gregorio Maranon said on Monday. “It was twice the magic,” said Juan Miguel Gil Jaurena, head of children’s cardiac surgery at the Madrid hospital, explaining that such techniques did not exist for young children three years ago and had never before been used on a baby so small. The case opens the way to saving more infants who need heart transplants and are too young to use ventricular su…

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