IOWA CITY - Five-week-old Ayden Gendreau of Independence is out of the hospital after becoming the first person in Iowa to undergo hybrid heart surgery.
Doctors at Children's Hospital of Iowa performed the rare surgery to repair his arteries and plug a 6-millimeter hole between chambers of his heart. The technique has been used in Chicago, Florida and elsewhere but never before in Iowa.
"We can't wait to get him home," Ryan Gendreau, the baby's father, said Monday. "It really doesn't feel like we're parents yet."
The eight-hour surgery occurred Oct. 22 when Ayden was 20 days old. The hybrid process combined traditional surgical techniques and use of a catheter to place a tiny nickel and titanium mesh plug into the hole in the heart.
Doctors and Ayden's parents opted for the surgery after realizing the day after his birth that he had a problem. He barely fed and he had a bluish color around his lips. He was flown to Children's Hospital, part of University Hospitals, and diagnosed with the heart problems.
After recovering and gaining a little weight, he was discharged from the hospital Monday.
"For the most part, we're taking home a perfectly healthy baby," Ryan Gendreau said. "And for that, we feel fortunate."