Newborn triplet with a heart defect receives life-saving surgery in Madison

Elliot Rademacher had surgery at just 4 weeks old
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 11:12 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A couple in Madison recently celebrated the arrival of triplets! But one of the babies was born with a heart defect that required surgery.

Elliot Rademacher was born with dextro-transposition of the great arteries (d-TGA). His pulmonary artery and aorta were flipped – meaning they were connected to the wrong chambers of the heart.

Elliot also had a hole in his heart, which often occurs in babies with d-TGA

Doctors at UW Health caught the issue early -- during his 20-week ultra-sound. Dr. Shardha Srinivasan is one of Elliot’s pediatric cardiologists at UW Health. She says catching the problem in the pre-natal stage helps the parents prepare for what’s to come.

“Just mentally, you are in a much better position to deal with the whole thing,” said Dr. Srinivasan. “You have the time to prepare, you have the time for the baby being in the hospital,”

At just 4-weeks-old, Elliot had heart surgery to correct the problem.

“After we got through the surgery, I felt like I could breathe again,” said Elliot’s mom Katie. “Because there were definitely some days in there where we just had no idea if he was going to make it out of the hospital,”

But now Elliot is home with his brothers Franklin and Ian. The triplets also have an older brother. With his four boys now at home, dad Brooks is overwhelmed with joy.

“Seeing my wife so happy after what she has accomplished, seeing my older son kiss his baby brothers and seeing each one of the smile is worth everything, its worth all the hard work,” said Brooks choking up.

The Rademachers credit the team at UW Health for helping save their baby’s life.

“Dr. Srinivasan was amazing. I mean she took the time every single meeting to recap what was wrong with Elliot,” said Brooks.

UW Health says today, Elliot is doing well and although he will have a cardiac care team with him through adulthood, his long-term outlook is good, and he likely won’t need any more surgeries.

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