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Sun Sentinel - Fort Lauderdale
Author: Staff wire reports
Date: Jan 7, 1998
Start Page: 3.B
Section: LOCAL
Abstract (Document Summary)

Ashley Phillips went home Tuesday to her cat, Casper, unopened Christmas presents and her worried twin sister, Amanda.

Just 21/2 weeks ago, the 6-year-old's condition had deteriorated to where she was not expected to survive. But doctors at Miami Children's Hospital performed a pioneering surgical technique using a tiny camera to repair her diseased heart.

Unable to get enough oxygen to her lungs, Ashley was born a "blue baby." She was 2 days old for her first surgery, which was meant to be only a temporary repair, said Dr. Redmond Burke, chief of cardiovascular surgery at Miami Children's.

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