Mangalore, July 12: Doctors at Indiana Hospital have conducted a rare heart surgery on a month old child that was suffering from a rare chronic disease called Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection/Drainage (TAPVC).
Speaking to press persons on Friday, Indiana Hospital Managing Director Dr. Yusuf Kumble said that the boy child of a couple from Kasargod was diagnosed with heart anomaly within 15 days of the birth. The critical surgery on a 30 days old baby is touted to be conducted for the first time in a hospital in Mangalore, he added.
“Quite rarely the infants develop this type of heart defect and they tend to die within three months if they are not operated. TAPVC is a congenial heart disease, where pure and impure blood gets mixed up and flows to right atrium of the heart instead of left side,” informed Dr. Yusuf.
“With a team of specialists comprising of Senior Consultant Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgeon Dr. Anand K T, Consultant Neonatologist Dr. Sudheer K A and Consultant Cardiac Anaesthesiologist Dr. M.M. Chetana Anand, the surgery was carried out successfully on July 1 and the baby is in a healthy condition and is ready to be discharged,” he said.
The doctor informed that the treatment cost is approximately Rs 2.5 lakh and the operation requires a quality operation theatre, special ICU and stabilisation of the child.