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Archive: Article profiles mother who received rare open heart surgery during pregnancy

Ringing in this new year was a calmer, happier, safer event than it was a year ago for Katie Haun and her family. Last year around this time Katie was facing a scary reality – the 28-year-old pregnant mother of three learned she had a tumor the size of a golf ball in her heart.

The condition required surgical attention that couldn’t wait for the birth of Katie’s child, so she underwent open heart surgery to remove the tumor while she was 30 weeks pregnant. Her coordinated care team for the extremely rare procedure included doctors from both Meriter and UW Health, including Dr. Takushi Kohmoto, a cardiac and transplantation specialist with the UW Department of Surgery.

The surgery was a success, and in April 2013, Haun gave birth to a full-term baby.

You can read about Katie’s story in an article by David Wahlberg, the Wisconsin State Journal’s health/medicine reporter.