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One family's story: esophageal atresia

  • Steve Coldwell
  • 4/16/2010 12:00:00 AM
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[caption id="attachment_5474" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Bradley Linden, MD, (far left) and Russell Jennings, MD, (far right) with patient Elliot Cleckler and parents Heather and Jay."][/caption]

For expecting parents, learning that their soon to be born baby will enter the world with a birth defect can be very difficult news. Five weeks before Heather and Jay Cleckler's son's due date, he was diagnosed with esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF), an abnormal connection between the esophagus and the trachea that can cause food traveling down the esophagus or acid refluxing up from the stomach to pass into the lungs.

Although Jay and Heather were upset, they were still hopeful. You can read more about the lengths they went to in order to fix their son's birth defect, including traveling to Boston Children's Hospital from their home in California, here.

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