Alternatives to Tracheostomy in Infants Video

For babies who struggle to breathe, inserting a tube into their airway is the most common fix to the problem, but a tracheotomy is an invasive procedure that requires around-the-clock care. Doctors are looking for other options that could help the...
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Host: From the moment she laid eyes on him adaptive mom Susan Combs new Jaden was her son. Susan Combs: He is my baby and there is nothing that can change that, he is our third child and all adapted but they’re my kids. Host: Just three pounds at birth Jaden caught pneumonia, the tubes cause scarring in the stroke. Eventually nearly 85% of this tiny airway was block. Susan Combs: His airway was not going to stay open that was only the size of the six month in the neuro so he is always struggling. Host: The standard procedure is a tracheotomy, doctors making incision in the neck and inserts the plastic tube to help the child breath. But it’s tough to take care of and then 1% of cases the tubes can get block, suffocating the child. Diego Preciado: So requires very meticulous care, nursing care suctioning and monitoring. Host: Dr. Diego Preciado recommended another option, take a piece of cartilage from Jaden’s rib cage, mold it into shape and then transplant it into a stroke to from a wider airway. Diego Preciado: So we’ve brought the essentially spreading, expanding, destructing airway apart making on the roof and on the floor. Host: Jaden was sedated for over a week after surgery as his throat healed. The goal, the airways grows as the baby grows. Diego Preciado: The primary risks of this procedure is that it won’t work and the child needs and tracheotomy afterwards. Host: Three weeks after surgery Jaden’s scars are healing and 90% of his airway is clear, a happy ending and the new beginning. Susan Combs: I just can’t wait to see what he grows into and that’s kind of fun being an adaptive mom because you don’t have a lot of expectations that will be just like you. Host: I’m Melissa reporting.

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