SANTA BARBARA – Eighteen-month-old Mika Kryger has made pediatric history.
The toddler, who suffered from a fistula between her trachea and esophagus, made it difficult for food and mucus to pass through properly, but a new kind of surgery has saved her life; it is being reported by The Santa Barbara Independent.
In fact, the minimally invasive technique – called tracheo-esophageal fistula surgery - took only 45 minutes and Mika was allowed to go home the next day.
A fistula is defined as an abnormal pathway between two organs and when Mika was born; her esophagus did not provide the proper connection between her mouth and stomach, so she had corrective surgery. About a year later, the fistula emerged, according to the Independent.
Only a handful of surgeons have ever used this process to fix this rare condition and Mika’s surgeon, Dr. Tamir Keshen, has written a research paper on the topic.
Mika is now eating and drinking risk-free.