Project Postcard: Cured
Born at a healthy weight of 3700g (8.4 lbs), baby Chan’s only challenge was overcoming jaundice. When he was 2 days old, a doctor identified the tell-tale yellow skin color indicative of jaundice. Jaundice is a symptom of an excess of the chemical bilirubin in the blood. A bilirubin blood test was ordered and confirmed a level of 295 μmol/L, which placed him in the highest risk category for developing permanent defects including brain damage.
Instead of the usual 2-3 days of treatment, Dr. Le Minh Trac determined baby Chan was cured only 17 hours later! “We’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” said Dr. Le. 60% of all newborns worldwide suffer from jaundice in the first weeks of life. If left untreated, an estimated 10% of jaundiced newborns would suffer life-long injury. We are so happy Firefly can help!
Until Next Time,
Tim, Elizabeth & Will
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