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Sebastien’s heart surgery a success

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Sebastien’s heart surgery a success

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SAMANTHA MITCHELL is one relieved mother today.

Her baby Sebastien is back on Barbadian soil after a successful surgery in Colombia.

Sebastien, who suffers from a rare congenital heart disease, was airlifted to the South American country last month for emergency surgery at the Fundacion Cardioinfantil Hospital in Bogota. That surgery lasted about two and a half hours.

Yesterday, Samantha and her newborn son returned around 1:30 p.m. Excited relatives, including her brother Corey and sister Renee, were on hand at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, about an hour later, to greet both mother and son as they emerged, with Colombian medical personnel, from the ambulance that ferried them from the airport.

Speaking briefly to the Daily Nation before rushing off to be with her son, Samantha said: “The heart operation was successful and the only issue he has right now is with his stomach. He has a condition known as situs inversus where the organs are positioned on the wrong side.”

The baby was instantly taken to the Paediatric Ward where he is now a patient. (HLE)