Google Cardboard saved their baby’s life

(CNN)In the past six months, Cassidy and Chad Lexcen have been too busy to look at the Google Cardboard images that saved their baby's life.

During that time they had to tend to their daughter, Teegan, who teetered on the brink of life and death at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami, plus they had to fly back and forth to care for their other three children in Chaska, Minnesota.
    But CNN recently brought the images of Teegan's heart to the Lexcens, and seeing them for the first time brought on deep emotions -- both happy and sad.
    "We were on a constant roller coaster. There were good days and bad days, good weeks and bad weeks," Burke, the surgeon, said. "We were never sure if this was going to be it, if we were going to lose her."
    Teegan spent six months in the hospital and needed two more surgeries, including a tracheostomy to help her breathe.
    She was discharged in June.
    Since then, except for a bad cold that landed her in the hospital for a few days, she's been doing well. The main goal now is for her to gain weight. At 10 months old she weighs only a little over 11 pounds.
    Burke said it's impossible to make a prognosis for Teegan, given the uniqueness of her anatomy. But he says all the signs are good.

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    "She's gaining weight, and that's a good predictor of how well she'll do," he said. "Plus she's got a resiliency, and that's really key. She's recovering from her cold, but if she'd caught that cold before the surgery, it would have killed her."
    The Lexcens say they'll always be grateful to Burke and the other doctors and nurses who cared for Teegan, and for Google Cardboard.
    "It's amazing for the fact that it gave him the exact path that he needed to get to her heart," Cassidy said.

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