Doctors drain fluid from Noor’s back

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 11:39 pm by Neal

Doctors drain fluid from Noor’s back:

Doctors admitted Noor al-Zahra of Iraq to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Wednesday morning to drain fluid from the baby’s back.

Surgeons performed a life-changing operation on the Iraqi infant last week, a month after soldiers with the Georgia National Guard encountered her while raiding a house near Baghdad. Doctors removed a mass of skin from Noor’s back and repaired a damaged portion of her spinal cord.

A follow-up appointment Tuesday revealed fluid on Baby Noor’s back, the hospital said in a statement. In Wednesday’s procedure, doctors hope to determine whether her spinal cord is leaking fluid or whether the fluid is the result of post-surgery swelling.

Doctors continue to monitor Noor for signs of a fluid build-up in her brain, a finding that would trigger a second surgery to insert a shunt.

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