Hospital uses Instagram to live stream toddler’s open heart surgery

Arnold Palmer Hospital posted photos to Facebook, Twitter, and its blog to share the news.

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Instagram isn’t just for making your daughter’s prom photo look like a dance party from the 70s. For one hospital, it was the perfect way to share pictures of an open heart surgery.

In July, Michael Schmidt, director of digital media at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, took pictures of three-year-old Emily Stone’s open heart surgery through Instagram on his iPhone.

The doctors sewed a Gore-Tex graft onto her heart, according to an article in the Orlando Sentinel. A lifelong patient of the hospital, Stone has a heart defect where her heart has only one chamber, instead of two.

Through streaming live her surgery, the hospital wanted to highlight its heart center and give people a behind-the-scenes look at its operating room, Schmidt says.

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