OHSU on Iranian infant: 'Confirmed her diagnosis and the urgent need for treatment'

Images of 4-month-old Fatemah Rashad. (Family photos)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Doctors in Oregon confirmed the diagnosis of an Iranian infant with a rare heart defect upon her arrival at OHSU Doernbecher in Portland.

Doctors there addressed her condition Tuesday afternoon.

"Fatemeh looks well. Our tests this morning have confirmed her diagnosis and the urgent need for treatment,” said Laurie Armsby, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and interim head, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital, OHSU School of Medicine.

"As we suspected, her heart condition has resulted in injury to her lungs," the statement continues, "however the studies today indicate that she has presented to us in time to reverse this process.”

Four-month-old Fatemeh Reshad was born with a complex, life-threatening heart defect known as transposition of the great arteries, or TGA. TGA with ventricular septal defect affects approximately 2 in 10,000 newborns each year.
Her treatment will begin with a cardiac catheterization, performed by Armsby, followed by a five- to six-hour surgical procedure performed by Irving Shen, M.D., head of the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at OHSU Doernbecher, OHSU School of Medicine, and a nationally accomplished expert on Fatemeh's condition.

The press release included a footnote anticipating questions.

OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital would like the public to know the following about funding for Fatemeh's care:
-- OHSU Doernbecher is providing life-saving care to Fatemeh as we do for thousands of children every year. No child in need of the OHSU Doernbecher's services has been displaced as a result. No state appropriations will be used for this infant's care.
-- OHSU Doernbecher provides a significant amount of uncompensated care every year to ensure that the ability to pay does not prevent children from accessing OHSU's services. We are fortunate to receive donations from the community to offset some of our uncompensated care costs.

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