Blue Baby Syndrome

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Blue Baby Syndrome Methemoglobinemia, also known as Blue Baby Syndrome is a heart defect in which the blood system is not receiving enough oxygen and causes the babies to look blue. Blue Baby Syndrome is not something that can develop as one grows older as it says in the name it is something that you are born with. Usually these babies are born this way because while they were in their mother’s womb the mother probably drank some water that had been contaminated with something. “The groundwater gets contaminated by leaching of nitrate generated from fertilizer used in agricultural lands and waste dumps” (Wikipedia Blue Baby Syndrome). When farm growers begin to plant and grow their crops they need them…show more content…
“This syndrome occurs mostly in babies six months or younger” (Blue Baby Syndrome). Blue Baby Syndrome usually affects this age group because they have a low amount of methemoglobin reducers in their bodies and typically have more Methemoglobinemia then they can get rid of. If the Methemoglobinemia is not tested for or taken care of by doctors then it could kill the baby that are having problems with it. Usually if an adult is having problem with Blue Baby Syndrome then because they have a better immune system and are healthier they can fight off the disease and get their blood back to normal. Blue Baby Syndrome first came into light with a movie called Something the Lord Made. The movie is about “the black cardiac pioneer Vivien Thomas and his complex and volatile partnership with white surgeon Alfred Blalock, the world famous "Blue Baby doctor" who pioneered modern heart surgery.” (Wikipedia Something the Lord Made). This movie was the first time I had heard of Blue Baby Syndrome and what It was about. The movie follows 2 doctors and their story about Blue Baby Syndrome and what part they had in the discovery and cure of

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