PENZA, May 5 (RIA Novosti) - A woman unexpectedly
went into labor just before heart surgery in the Russian city
of Penza, and gave birth to a healthy girl, the clinic's chief
doctor said on Tuesday.
The 36-year-old woman from the nearby Russian republic of
Mordovia "was admitted to the clinic for an urgent operation to
replace an artificial heart valve, which the patient had been
living with for several years," Dr. Vladlen Bazylev told RIA
Replacing a heart valve usually involves open-heart
surgery, and is considered a high-risk procedure.
Surgeons were preparing to carry out the operation, when
the woman went into labor, two and a half months before she was
due. The doctors decided to carry out a cesarean section,
before replacing the valve.
After more than six hours on the operating table, the
woman's condition is satisfactory. Dr. Bazylev said the baby
girl is being closely monitored, but is not in any danger.