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4/27/2014 (1 year ago)

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Rare condition left boy's heart back to front

Three-year-old Carson Ayre is lucky to be alive. Doctors had to perform an emergency operation on him that left his beating heart exposed for five days. Born with his heart back to front, surgeons had to perform an arduous ten-hour surgery to flip it over.

The operation was the third open heart surgery little Carson has had in the last three years

The operation was the third open heart surgery little Carson has had in the last three years

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/27/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Exposed heart, surgery, United Kingdom, recovery


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A rare condition, transposition of the great arteries, Carson had an extremely rare and life-threatening deformity which could have resulted in heart failure.

Carson's heart chambers, along with his veins and arteries which carry the blood were the wrong way around.

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Working at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital, surgeons worked to flip the vital organ back the right way during a pioneering procedure three weeks ago. Surgeons then left the toddler's chest open for five days to allow the swelling on his heart to go down.

Toddler Carson Ayre was born with transposition of the great arteries, a life-threatening condition

Toddler Carson Ayre was born with transposition of the great arteries, a life-threatening condition meaning his heart was back to front. He had to have an extremely complex operation to flip the organ round the right way.


Parents, 27-year-old mother Danicka and 25-year-old father Luke were able to watch and made an incredible video of their son's heart beating through the hole in his chest while they maintained a bedside vigil.

The Carlton, Notts. couple thanked experts for saving their toddlers life.

"We're very proud. He's absolutely shocked us," Luke, who works as a care assistant in a nursing home, said. "He was out [of hospital] in two weeks when they said it would be a month. We were very pessimistic about the entire situation - we thought this was it.

"So to see him get through, no words can describe it. Some of the children that were on the ward were just waiting to die - we were just one of the lucky ones where everything turned out great."

The father-of-two was also full of praise for consultant Giles Peek and the team, who flew in from London to save his son's life.

"He is one of the very few people who can do this kind of surgery and they brought in people especially to help him do it.

"We had all the best people in the UK to do it - that was very reassuring. We can't thank them enough."

It took a team of specialist surgeons ten hours to complete the procedure. They then left a hole is

It took a team of specialist surgeons ten hours to complete the procedure. They then left a hole is his chest for five days, with his beating heart visible through it, while the swelling went down.


The operation was the third open heart surgery little Carson has had in the last three years.

The little boy initially went under the knife just weeks after he was born and then had a pacemaker fitter when he was just nine-months-old.

Undergoing his corrective surgery three weeks ago, his delighted parents able to sit by his bedside just 10 hours after the operation.

Peek, a consultant surgeon at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital, described the operation as one of the rarest they do. "Carson had one of the most complicated heart conditions and the operation, which we call a double switch, is one of the most complex operations that we do.

"There are 153 operations that we do and this is one of the rarest.

"I'm very pleased with him, he's done very well. With any major heart operation we don't know what's going to happen but we're very pleased with how well he's done so far.

"It's wonderful when the children do well and its soul destroying when they don't."

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