Complex Heart Surgery on Newborn at CARE Hospitals
A team of doctors at CARE Hospitals, Banjara (Hyderabad) recently performed a complex, life-saving heart surgery on a 1400-gm newborn baby. The baby girl, suffering from a rare congenital heart defect, was brought to CARE Hospitals on 7th March. Suffering from altered heart structures, the child required an arterial switch operation, which was very challenging and technically demanding, especially as the newborn baby had extremely low weight. But there was no other option; the infant would not survive without the surgery.
In a first of its kind intervention, the 1400 gm baby with 40% oxygen saturation and a 4-cm heart was operated upon. The surgery took two hours in which the heart had to be stopped for 75 minutes. The child recovered quickly after the operation and is now doing fine with an oxygen saturation of 100%. The entire procedure was done under the Aarogyasri scheme, as the parents Naven Kumar and Pushpalatha from Narsapur, could not afford the cost of surgery.
“She was completely blue when we brought her to the hospital. It is only because of the doctors that our little girl is still alive,” said an emotional Pushpalatha.