23-JUN-2019: Four-month old baby braves heart closure operation
Aligarh, June 23: Four-months-old, Arpita, braved a heart closure operation as she went under the surgeon's knife at Paediatric Cardiac Evaluation and Cardiac Surgery (PCE-CS), Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to get cured of a congenital abnormality.
Arpita was born with the Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), a hole in the wall separating the two lower chambers of her heart. She weighed only four kilograms at the time of the surgery.
The size of the child and her weight made the procedure more challenging, but the medics at JNMC gave her a new lease of life as she is recovering well, said Prof Tabassum Shahab (Convener, PCE-CS Unit).
Congratulating the team of surgeons for the success, Prof Shahab said that this surgery has opened doors for neonatal cardiac interventions at JNMC.
"The child had a history of two life threatening pneumonias and severe distress, when she was admitted," said Dr Mirza M Kamran and Dr Shaad Abqari, who took up the case with Dr Shehzad and Dr Shamim.
Detailing the surgical procedure, the doctors added: "This condition was a true paediatric cardiac emergency as an urgent open heart surgery was required to close the hole in the heart with a big device."
As Arpita has been discharged after recovery, Dr Shaad Abqari (Child heart specialist at JNMC) thanked Dr Azam Haseen and the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (CVTS) team.
The child's father, Sachin Kumar, resident of Maharajganj in Uttar Pradesh said, "It was an immensely distressing experience, having to witness my newborn child go through so much trauma. I am grateful to the doctors, due to tireless efforts of whom, I have my daughter back with me."
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