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Elizabeth Marian BishopAge: 6 months19351935

Elizabeth Marian Bishop
Birth January 3, 1935 26 25
Death August 2, 1935 (Age 6 months)
Source: S537
Note: Ateriosis patent ductus
Burial August 5, 1935 (3 days after death)
Note: Crystal Lake Cemetery, 3816 Penn Avenue North, Section A13 lot 394; Find A Grave Memorial# 74147873
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Elizabeth Marian Bishop
Birth: January 3, 1935 26 25Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota
Death: August 2, 1935Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota
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Marriage: August 10, 1968Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota

BirthMinnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002

Ateriosis patent ductus


Crystal Lake Cemetery, 3816 Penn Avenue North, Section A13 lot 394; Find A Grave Memorial# 74147873

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Elizabeth was a blue baby as she was born with patent ductus arteriosus. Definition: Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a condition where a temporary blood vessel near an unborn baby's heart, the ductus arteriosus, fails to close after birth. (The blood vessel normally closes after birth because it is no longer needed). The word "patent" means open. Causes, incidence, and risk factors: Before a baby is born, blood flow normally bypasses its lungs because oxygen and nutrients are received from the placenta and the umbilical cord. After birth, when the infant begins to breathe, two structures in the heart -- the foramen ovale and the ductus arteriosus -- close in order to deliver fully oxygenated blood to the body. If the ducts do not close at birth, some of the blood in the left side of the heart will go to the lungs instead of into general circulation. The disorder can occur in both premature and full-term infants. Usually symptoms are mild, but they become more pronounced if not corrected by the age of 2. Risk factors are prematurity and respiratory distress syndrome. The incidence is 1 in 2500-5000 infants. If the patent ductus is not closed, the infant has a risk of developing heart failure or infective endocarditis. Now surgery can correct this problem. In 1935, nothing could be done. My mother was told to enjoy her baby while she was alive. It was believed that the German Measles, which my mother had contracted before she was three months pregnant, was the cause of the problem.

I remember visiting Elizabeths grave only once, probably on Memorial Day, when I was very small (probably 1937-38 as my sister, Diana, wasnt along on the trip). I remember a pleasant day, vivid blue sky with puffy clouds, a very green lawn and a mason jar with a piece of paper with writing on it, partially buried in the ground, very strange, especially being told that my sister was there. I think the occasion may have been to arrange for a marker as it was the middle of the Depression and they probably couldnt afford one when she died in 1935.

I dont have my baby book, but I have hers.