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4-Lb. Tenn. Baby Undergoes Heart Bypass Surgery

An amazing Tennessee baby has become one of the smallest babies in the world to have heart bypass surgery.

Cole Latch

Tiny 4 pound Cole Latch underwent surgery at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn., to repair a congenital heart defect.

The 1-month-old was born prematurely on Nov. 25 and had a cardiopulmonary bypass less than a week later.

“He was born at 35 weeks with a knot in his umbilical cord,” his dad, Shannon Latch, said in a news release. “They said he was one of the top 15 smallest babies in the world to have this surgery. They do this kind of thing all the time, just not on little babies.”

Cole is making progress and is off the ventilator, but he still has a long way to go.

“He takes the bottle good,” Latch said. “He’s getting better.”

While no date has been given for Cole’s homecoming, his parents hope that to take him home soon.

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  • this is the mother of cole latch i was wonderind if yall could send me a magazine. just email me i can send you my address please i would really appreiate it.

    lacy latch

  • Hi Lacy, I am a grandma to a little 17 month old girl born with a heart defect. She spent her 1 month at Lebonhuer then was airlifted to Arkansas. I live less the 30 mins from leBonhuer. I might be able to help you if your looking for CHD support or a shoulder to cry on. This family knows what it’s like to spend many months in a hospital. If you still in Memphis my name is in the phone book just give me a call. Here is my e-mail if you need it bev18256@aol.com

    From a grandma that loves her CHD granddaughter
    Beverly Lipe

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