A baby girl is home for Christmas after doctors at Seattle Children’s turned to a drug that isn’t approved by the FDA.
Four-month-old Tatiana Saianna was born Aug. 29. Doctors quickly discovered she’d inhaled meconium- amniotic fluid mixed with her stool. Her lungs collapsed. Saiaana was transported to Seattle Children’s and put on an ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machine. The machine did the work for her heart and lungs for a month. Doctors were able to see her lungs still weren’t developing, it was unlikely she could survive off the machine.
Her parents were told to prepare to say goodbye.
“I wasn’t going to give up on my daughter,” said Bruce Saiaana, Tatiana’s father.