South Jersey Mom Celebrates Baby’s Birth After Historic Heart Procedure During Pregnancy

Elenilza “Elen” Tritten, was the first person to receive a new mitral heart valve via a minimally invasive procedure (TMVR or transcatheter mitral valve replacement) while pregnant.

The heart procedure, performed at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden when she was 16 weeks pregnant, saved two lives: Elen’s and her baby’s.

Due to her heart issues, Elen also faced a risky pregnancy and delivery. To ensure the best possible outcome, Elen’s heart surgeons and a team of other Virtua experts attended her baby’s delivery at the same hospital.

She gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Denver, on October 1, 2019.

To provide the best possible care, Virtua Health cardiac surgeons are leaders in coronary artery bypass grafting, valve repair and replacement, aneurysm surgery and heart failure treatment. Always looking to make the latest options available, Virtua is a destination for minimally invasive surgical techniques.

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