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Miracle baby has surgery

A Havre baby born months premature at 1 pound, 5 ounces successfully underwent heart surgery this week, and her mother says she is hopeful that the family is on the road to bringing her home on schedule.

Emily Kaye Butcher was born by cesarean section surgery in Missoula June 7 at 24 ½ weeks gestation, weighing just more than one pound and only 12 inches long.

Since birth, Emily had been fighting a problem common in premature babies. A valve connecting the aorta and pulmonary arteries of babies in the womb normally closes after birth when the baby takes its first breath, but often with prematu...


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