First hole-in the heart operation at new children's hospital

Fifteen-year-old Chelsie Dowen became the first patient to have an intervention cardiac procedure at the new Perth Children’s Hospital on Wednesday. The hospital was fully opened on Sunday, the day Princess Margaret Hospital closed. Chelsie’s mother Joanne said the hole in her daughter’s heart was detected on April 26 when she had an eight-hour seizure and was admitted to the PMH intensive care unit. Doctors detected a slight heart murmur and further investigation showed it to be aetrial septal defect – a hole in the wall that separates the top two chambers of the heart. PCH interventional congenital cardiologist Dr Steven Shipton operated on Chelsie in one of the hospital’s two hi-tech hybrid theatres.

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The collapse of a large street tree in Shenton Park last Sunday afternoon could have been a major catastrophe, a local expert has warned. The tree on the corner of Onslow Road and Hopetoun Terrace fell squarely across Onslow Road, narrowly missing two cars opposite. Neighborhood children flocked to the tree as an impromptu adventure playground. A local resident said he had noticed the tree leaning towards the road for about three days. In a storm-filled weekend, it fell in a calm period at about 4pm on Sunday.

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