• Cardiovascular

    Baby Kieran’s Special Heart

Brian and Caitlin Veitz with daughter Kieran

Congenital heart problems are the most common structural birth defect. They affect about 1 in 100 children. However, the condition a little North Dakota girl came into the world with is incredibly uncommon. She was born with her heart outside of her chest. Sadly, it’s also uncommon for most children to survive it — unless, the stars align perfectly. In this case, they did and those stars were wearing hospital-blue surgical gowns. For the Mayo Clinic News Network, Dennis Douda has the story of baby Kieran's special heart.

Journalists: Broadcast quality videos of the package are available in the downloads, with narration and with natural sound only. The script explaining Kieran's diagnosis and treatment is also available.

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