A new born baby names Mayank Agarwal undergoes the open heart surgery at Fortis Hospital, India. As per the doctors at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, a centre of Excellence in Cardiac Care for more than 25 years, it was a remarkable even since the surgery was no guarantee to the survival of the baby, born with a rare and very serious congenital problem.
Mayank, the baby from Mathura was born with his veins attached in an abnormal position to his heart. This was affecting the baby’s breathing and hence his body started to turn blue. Almost immediately post his birth, the infant had to be transported to Delhi for a complicated surgery. Upon the refusal of the Fortis Hospital in Delhi, the baby was subsequently referred to Dr. Krishna Subramony Iyer at Fortis Hospital.
A ten member team led by Dr. Krishna Subramony Iyer has battled for six days in order to save Mayank’s life. Gopal Agarwal, the father of the baby says, “I called people that I am blessed with a baby boy. But within ten minutes, things changes for this first time. Little did I know that the first time I am holding my son and it will be to carry him to another hospital”. He supported the decision to perform the open heart surgery which involved cutting the chest open and performing the surgery on the muscles, heart valves and arteries.
Dr. Krishna Subramony Iye, Executive Director Paediatric & Congenital heart Diseases said, “The moment I say the child, he was not in a good condition and so I didn’t want to waste a minute. We operated and what’s unique is the way the sequence of events took place”. The surgical team of doctors headed by Dr. Krishna Subramony Iyer has conducted an emergency open heart surgery on an 18 hour new born baby, the youngest case in India till date.
Baby Mayank was born with a heart defect known as TAPVC, a medical condition where the blood doesn’t take the normal route from the lungs to the heart and out to the body, instead the veins from the lungs are attached to the heart in abnormal positions. These veins will narrow and the blood tends to dam up. The oxygenated blood will leak or enter into the wrong chamber and the blood gets dammed in the lungs. The blood passing through the aorta to the body does not have normal amount of oxygen and this causes the child to become breathless. Hence the only option was to perform an emergency surgery in order to avert the fatal consequences.
Dr. Krishna Subramony Iyer said that due to rapid advances in the diagnosis and treatment of paediatric congenital heart defects over the last few decades and availability of diagnostic tools, more accurate diagnosis is possible even before the birth of the child. Over 75% of infants born with critical heart diseases can now survive beyond the first year of life with the currently available treatment modalities. Many of them can lead near normal lives thereafter. The key is early diagnosis and timely intervention. Since Mayank was born with additional defect of abnormal and narrow veins, it posed a bigger challenge since the veins had to be treated immediately. The surgery has been a success and doctor’s claim by the time Mayank gets to school, he will be just like other kids.If you are seeking for low cost open heart surgery at Fortis Hospital, India from Dr. Krishna Subramony Iyer then contact India Cardiac Surgery Site by sending us your query.