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Can a new born baby live with only one lung?

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Can a new born baby live with only one lung?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Susan Ivy replied 7 years ago.

Hello takiyah,

Thank you for writing to JustAnswer Health with your question.

Yes, any age person can live with one lung (there are many cases where people have had to have a lung removed). Of course, if there are other problems, such as serious heart defects, etc. it could impact on the life span of the child, but if only a lung is missing and no other problem, the child will live.