World first: fetal bronchial operation a success

Doctors from two Barcelona hospitals introduced an endoscopy through the mouth of the 26-week-old fetus to clear the right bronchus and reconnect it with the central airways.

"It is the first time in the world that this has been achieved. It is the first time that it has been tried and it turned out well," said the head of the maternal-fetal medicine department at Hospital Clinic, Professor Eduard Gratacós.

"It is an extremely delicate operation since it is carried out near the heart on tissues as thin as cigarette paper. But without