26 Oct 2018

Marshalls heart transplant baby doing 'amazingly well'

11:47 am on 26 October 2018

A Marshall Islands baby who received a heart transplant is reported to be doing "amazingly well" several days after the operation in California.

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The 16-month-old baby is believed to be the first person from the Marshall Islands to receive a heart transplant.

The history-making seven-hour transplant operation at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego went well, according to his mother.

The baby, Jarius Kwan Jenkins, had been diagnosed with heart problems before birth with ultrasound scans showed he suffered from pulmonary atresia and severe coronary heart disease.

Pulmonary atresia is a form of heart disease in which the heart valve that regulates blood flow from the right side of the heart to the lungs does not form properly.