Surgery in the tiniest patients

DENVER, Colo. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – No parent wants to hear their child needs surgery, but a less invasive approach with smaller incisions would sure make going through it a whole lot easier. To make tiny incisions, you need tiny tools.

Little Mateo is a healthy, happy 2-year-old.

But he had a rough start. Doctors found a growth on his lungs when mom was just 23 weeks pregnant.

Jacob Harkins, Mateo’s Dad said, “You could feel the air come out of the room. It was just like ‘phooo’. Happy to like scared as you could imagine.”

Florencia Vitaver, Mateo’s mom, said “We went home and consulted Dr. Google, and of course everything got way scarier.”

He needed a lobe of his lung removed, a surgery he’d have at two months old. 

“It was heavy. It was really, really tough,” said Vitaver.

But Mateo was in skilled hands. Saundra Kay, MD, a Pediatric Surgeon at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and her colleagues are pioneers in minimally-invasive surgery for babies.