Dog beats the odds—and congenital heart defect—thanks to Illinois vets

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Modern medicine has gone to all lengths to identify and correct congenital heart defects. One little dog in Thailand went halfway around the world to get her ticker fixed.

Nana, a 3-year-old chihuahua, traveled from Bangkok to the University of Illinois in Urbana with two Thai veterinarians. She was born with a heart defect called patent ductus arteriosus, which kills many dogs within a year.

Vets at the university performed surgery, and Nana is recovering well.

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