Images of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital – four-month-old Dominic Santini has open heart surgery


The new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor provides complex care for children that are often the sickest of the sick.

Among them is 4-month-old Dominic Santini of Charlotte, Mich., who underwent open heart surgery on Nov. 27 at the hospital.

Dominic’s surgeon, Dr. Richard Ohye, performed a procedure to fix the little boy’s heart.

Dominic had two holes in his heart that prevented it from pumping blood through his body efficiently. Technically, it’s called an atrioventricular septal defect. photographer Courtney Sacco was able to watch as Ohye surgically corrected the problem.

The day after the surgery, Ohye reported Dominic was happy and doing well.

Ohye said he performs surgeries to correct atrioventricular septal defects several times a month.

“It’s one of the top 10 most common surgeries we do,” Ohye said.

Since about 2000, Ohye said specialists in the pediatric cardiovascular surgery field have been able to treat almost every heart defect with equal chances of survival because of advances in medicine.

“Now that we’re getting much better at survivors, we’re looking at better quality of life issues,” Ohye said, explaining that some of the hottest topics for research in the field are in lifelong neurological and physiological issues after heart surgery.

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