SHIZUOKA -- A baby girl who was born weighing only about 900 grams successfully underwent a cardiac catheter operation at Shizuoka Children's Hospital, the institution announced on May 30.
The hospital says it marks Japan's first successful cardiac catheterization of a baby born weighing less than 1,000 grams.
Hospital director Kisaburo Sakamoto commented at a news conference, "We succeeded in a high-risk operation, raising the possibility of babies who suffer from similar symptoms to get healthy."
The girl, Himari Suzuki, was born the eldest daughter of mother Akiko Suzuki and father Keisuke Suzuki, a public official living in Izunokuni, Shizuoka Prefecture. When Himari was born at a hospital in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture on Feb. 7, her doctor diagnosed her with a condition called coarctation of the aorta, in which parts of the heart's aorta, the body's largest artery, are narrow.
She was transferred to Shizuoka Children's Hospital three days after the diagnosis. On Feb. 17, she underwent the operation after showing heart failure symptoms.
Himari now weighs about 2,700 grams.
(Japanese original by Nobuyuki Shimada, Shizuoka Bureau)