Rare surgery saves life of fifteen day baby

DC CORRESPONDENT
Published Sep 4, 2014, 12:04 pm IST
Updated Mar 31, 2019, 7:20 am IST
Baby suffered from heart failure due to obstruction in the main vessel arising from the heart
Baby was operated for suffering from severe heart faliure
 Baby was operated for suffering from severe heart faliure
Guntur: Cardiologists at the NRI Medical College and General Hospital (NRIMCGH) in Chinna Kakani near Mangalagiri of Guntur district have successfully performed an extremely rare and delicate stent procedure ‘Coarctoplasty’ on a 15-day-old baby suffering from severe heart failure due to obstruction in the main vessel arising from the heart. This first of its kind procedure in AP stent procedure has become common in adults and children in the recent past but it is very rare in neonatals. 
 
Hospitals and doctors refer such cases to Hyderabad but are now trying to handle these cases to develop medical treatment in AP in view of state division. Gali Padmavati, 23, of Peda Parimi village gave birth to a baby boy on August 17 with defective heart. Professor of Pediatrics, NRI MCGH, S.V.S. Sastry said that doctors found the baby suffering from breathing difficulty, slow heartbeat, non-functioning of legs and other difficulties due to obstruction in the main vessel of aorta (heart).
 
He said that no doctor dared to take the case and referred it to Chennai and Hyderabad, following which NRI doctors conducted the ‘Coarctoplasty’ procedure. Biju Govind, professor of cardiology, who performed the rare procedure, said that one among one lakh infants would be born with this defect. He said that the baby was too sick for surgical correction hence this was performed as a life saving procedure. 
 
The block was accessed using very narrow catheter through an artery in the arm (auxiliary artery). The block was initially dilated with balloon and it was stented (metal case) to keep it open for normal function of heart. Dr Govind said that infant’s heartbeat and pumping is now normal. NRIMCGH director M. Appa Rao said the parents were charged only Rs 40,000 against the Rs4 lakh normally charged. 
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Location: Andhra Pradesh




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