Bronx boy who underwent surgery for rare birth defect expected to live normal life

A 1-year-old Bronx boy received surgery at the Children?s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center to correct a rare birth defect.

Doctors initially gave Erick Sanchez-Flore one week to live. Sanchez-Flore was born with a thin windpipe, which made it difficult for him to breathe. Doctors originally performed laser therapy but it did not correct the problem. On August 3, Sanchez-Flore had a slide tracheoplasty inserted to save his life.

Sanchez-Flore was released from the hospital on August 10 and doctors say he is expected to live a normal life. Doctors say they will closely watch the boy for six months to a year to make sure he is recovering.

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