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Rare Heart Surgery Saves a Child’s Life

Rare Heart Surgery Saves a Child’s Life

Heart Surgery For Child

CARE Hospitals, Surat performed a rare surgery on an 18-month-old baby girl, weighing just 6 kg. The child, Kartikeya Dhanraj Wagh, a resident of Bhestan, Surat district, was suffering from a complex cardiac disease, since her birth. Her parents Dhanraj and Bharti had knocked on many hospitals’ doors seeking a cure for their only child.

Normally, impure blood (without oxygen) from the body goes to the right side of the heart from where it is pumped to the lungs for oxygenation. The oxygenated blood is sent back to the left side of the heart from where it is pumped to the rest of the body.

In Kartikeya’s condition, the pure blood from the lungs was not entering the heart through the normal routep; the veins from the lungs were connected to the body’s veins, which were then entering the heart. This led to the mixing of pure and impure blood in the heart. The child had cyanosis (a bluish discoloration of the skin due to low oxygen saturation of the blood) and retarded growth. To make it worse, she had a large hole in the heart. This condition is known as TAPVC or total anomalous pulmonary venous connection.

On 19th February 2016, Kartikeya underwent an extremely complex open heart surgery, performed by the cardiac team of CARE Hospitals, Surat. It was lead by Dr Kalpesh Malik, Chief Cardiac Surgeon, along with Dr Kaniyalal Patel and Dr Divya Patel, Anesthetists. The ‘Intra Cardiac Repair’ surgery was successful and the child was stable throughout.

Dr Kalpesh Malik has extensive experience in pediatric cardiology and has performed more than 1200 surgeries in Raipur under the “Mukhya Mantri Bal Hridaya Suraksha Yogana”, initiated by Dr Raman Singh, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh. Briefing members of the press, Dr Kalpesh Malik, Chief Cardiac Surgeon said, “CARE Hospitals, Surat has all the facilities to perform pediatric cardiac surgeries. Our team is highly qualified and we are well equipped to deal with complex pediatric cardiac surgeries.”


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