Baby Born Without Windpipe Saved by New Trachea Procedure
Posted: Nov 14, 2016 7:58 PM CDT | Updated: Nov 14, 2016 8:01 PM CDT
The first of its kind trachea procedure has saved a baby's life at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
When Thomas Richards was born in April doctor soon discovered he did not have a windpipe.
After months of surgeries, doctors moved his esophagus from his stomach and connected it to his lungs so he could breathe.
“The best part of my job is to see any patient leave with a good outcome and certainly this is one of the very rare cases that will live in our memories forever, but the joy is the same,” says Dr. John Densmore of Children's Hospital.
Baby Thomas is the first person to ever survive being born without a trachea. Doctors say he is healthy and progressing normally. He even living at home with his parents.