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Baby, parents, find special meaning in World Heart Day

The beat goes on – thankfully – for young Nani Luna after surgeons at Seattle Children’s Hospital successfully completed a lengthy procedure on the two-month-old baby’s aortic valve Sept. 29.

Their timing couldn’t have been better.

It was World Heart Day, which each year draws attention to heart illness and its range of associated issues.

On that day doctors closed baby Nani’s chest, about 48 hours after she had undergone the Ross Procedure to replace her aortic valve, the main outflow valve between the heart and the body.

Other surgeries loom ahead for Nani, though each is anticip...


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