Mangaluru, Sep 25, 2020: A baby though born with a heart defect will live like other normal children, owing to the experts at Indiana Hospital and Heart Institute.
An 18-month-old child with health issues such as severe breathlessness and failure to gain weight was admitted in the hospital.
At the time of admission, the baby was barely weighing 5 kg, which was equal to the weight of a two-month baby.
She was diagnosed with supra cardiac type of Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection (TAPVC).
TAPVC is a rare condition where blood vessels that drain the lungs (pulmonary veins) are connected abnormally to the heart.
This condition leads to the supply of oxygen-poor blood all over the body. As a result, the baby not only suffers from severe breathlessness but also a bluish discolouration of the body.
With the family’s consent, TAPVC repair was performed on the baby a week ago.
In this procedure, the abnormal venous connection was repaired in an open chest procedure.
According to hospital authorities, it is one among the rare open cardiac surgeries done in children in Dakshina Kannada and neighbouring districts.
The procedure took about three hours to complete and the child was discharged from the hospital after a week.
Managing Director and Chief Interventional Cardiologist, Dr Yusuf Kumble, Dr Ali Kumble, Chairman and Head of the Department of Paediatrics, Dr Abhishek, Neonatologist, Dr Siddharth V T, Cardiac Surgeon, Dr Madhan, Cardiac Anaesthetist and Dr Arun Varghese, Paediatric Intensivist, were all involved in the procedure.
Sources told DH that the family were poor and did not even possess a BPL card. Thus, the managing director of Indiana Hospital and Heart Institute, Dr Yusuf Kumble, issued a cheque of Rs 1.5 lakh for surgery from Indiana Fathima Health Foundation, a trust set up to help the poor and needy people.
This helped in meeting the cost of treating the child and providing financial relief to the poor family.