SPS Hospitals Successfully Performs Complex Cardiac Surgery for A Pakistani Child with Congenital Heart Problem

Ludhiana, Punjab: A team of doctors at SPS Hospitals have performed a complex cardiac procedure on a 9 year child from Pakistan.

The child was suffering from a major congenital heart problem also known as “blue babies” since birth. He had a three chambered heart whereas a normal heart has four chambers for pumping blood. As a result he was having breathlessness even when carrying out simple daily activities or when playing with his friends, along with bluishness of the body and poor weight gain.

This being a complex heart disease, multiple and staged corrective surgeries are required whereby a bypass is created by connecting major blood vessels to the lungs and decreasing the load of the heart.

A detailed clinical and cardiac evaluation including echocardiography followed by angiography and catheterisation study was performed by Dr Navdeep Singh, Interventional Paediatric Cardiologist at SPS Hospitals.  This helped in documenting the detailed anatomy and pressures of the heart for assessing the feasibility of the operation. Following this, the child was taken up for Fontan completion surgery.

This complicated procedure was accomplished successfully by a joint team of doctors from SPS hospitals, Ludhiana and Artemis Hospital, Gorgon. It comprised of Dr Navdeep Singh (Interventional Paediatric Cardiologist), Dr KC Mukherjee, (Chief Cardiac Surgeon), Dr Anupam Shrivastav (Cardiac Anaesthetist) and Dr Vikas Bansal and Dr Mehak Bansal (Paediatric Intensivists) from SPS Hospitals. The Artemis team was led by Dr Aseem Shrivastava and Dr Sandeep Kumar. Dr Aseem Shrivastava is a renowned Pediatric Cardiac surgeon who is an expert in carrying out these intricate and relatively uncommon surgeries in children.

After the surgery, the child was shifted immediately to the Pediatric Intensive Care unit. The post-op period was relatively uneventful and potential life threatening complications were managed swiftly and efficiently. Presently, the symptoms of the child have improved dramatically and he should be able to resume his routine activities and lead a normal life on return to his country.

This endeavor was supported by Mr. Balbir Singh and his charitable organisation “Have a Heart Foundation” which helped by sponsoring a part of the treatment cost.

Almost 1 out of a 100 babies are born with some form of congenital heart disease which amounts to about 2 lakh children being born every year in our country. Up to 50% of these babies are critical requiring urgent intervention in the first year itself. Children’s heart disease accounts for 10% of all infant mortality in India.

Very few centers exist in our part of the country which are equipped to look after these children. It requires a team of dedicated professionals trained in various aspects of pediatric cardiology to take care of these unfortunate yet many times totally treatable conditions.

Several such complex cardiac interventions in children have been carried out successfully in SPS hospitals in the past as well and it is hoped that with these patients going back to Pakistan in good health, it will facilitate people to people contact and help in improving our relationship with our Neighbors.


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