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2/16/07-Tyler

Viagra Helps Baby's Medical Condition

It's known as the little blue pill normally given to men but now it's being called the miracle pill for saving one baby's life.  It's also helping an East Texas infant's chance of survival. We're hearing about it for the first time doctors using Viagra to treat babies with serious medical conditions. 

In London, Louis Goodfellow was born premature. He had a heart defect and a collapsed lung. Then, just when doctors and Louis' mom thought he was on the brink of death. They tried their last option: Viagra.  Remarkably, the little blue pill opened up Louis' tiny blood vessels in his lungs and helped him breathe. And because of that he's doing well.

We have also learned of an East Texas baby- a baby girl- also on Viagra to save her little life. KLTV spoke with the family about this unusual use for this popular medication.

"She actually has to take Viagra, which is not common for an 8 month old girl," says Raymond Graham, Mikayla's father.

Mikayla Graham of Bullard has to take Viagra 3 times a day after undergoing open heart surgery in December for a congenital heart defect.  

"She acquired pulmonary hypertension from her heart having to overwork.  The Viagra, how it works is it increases your blood flow and lowers her high blood pressure in her lungs.  That high blood pressure is why they were only giving her a small chance of making it through.   They didn't know how that was going to react so they put her on the Viagra to lower that activity and the blood pressure," says Raymond.

Mikayla was at children's hospital in Dallas for three and a half weeks.  

"Right now, we are looking at about $750,000 to 1 million dollars going to a be billed to an insurance company.  We don't know how much we are going to have to pay out of pocket but if you look at 20% that is still a lot of money," says Raymond.

Now those medical bills and Viagra prescriptions are adding up. The Viagra is not covered by insurance because it has not been approved for a baby's medical condition. However, Mikayla is proof... the miracle pill is working... In another way than it was intended.  

"She is a miracle baby," says Raymond.

The town of Bullard is hosting a fundraiser lunch on Sunday to help pay for Mikayla's medical bills and prescriptions. The event is from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the First Methodist Church in Bullard. Donations will also be accepted at Texas National Bank in Bullard.  

Karolyn Davis, reporting.  kdavis@kltv.com

 

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