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Lexapro Baby Undergoes Open-Heart Surgery to Repair Damaged Heart

When Miranda was nine months old, she was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot and pulmonary atresia, two serious heart defects that considerably limited the amount of oxygen in her blood.Miranda Miller has persevered through a great deal in her young life. By the time she was a toddler, Miranda had spent much of her life in and out of hospitals. She had also undergone open heart surgery to repair her damaged heart .

When Miranda was nine months old, she was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot and pulmonary atresia, two serious heart defects that considerably limited the amount of oxygen in her blood.

Tetralogy of Fallot is a combination of four separate heart abnormalities that together cause oxygen deficient blood to flow out of the heart and into the rest of the body. Pulmonary atresia is a birth defect in which the pulmonary valve, an opening that regulates blood flow from the right side of the heart to the lungs, fails to form properly. This causes an absence of oxygen rich blood, since blood from the right side of the heart cannot pass by the lungs to pick up necessary oxygen.

Two weeks after her first birthday, Miranda underwent open heart surgery to repair her congenital heart defects. Although the surgery was successful, Miranda may need additional surgeries in the future. Miranda’s life will always be affected by her heart abnormalities.

Miranda’s mother took Lexapro (escitalopram) during the first few months of her pregnancy. She was not aware that taking the SSRI antidepressant could potentially adversely affect her unborn child. The FDA issued a Public Health Advisory warning that use of certain antidepressants during the first trimester of pregnancy could potentially increase the risk of infant heart birth defects. According to the FDA, several studies indicated that exposure to certain SSRI antidepressants similar to Lexapro increased the risk of cardiac defects.

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The real names of this family have been changed.