Manipal Hospital works medical miracle on infant

Manipal Hospital Bangalore has performed surgical miracle on a three-week-old infant who underwent a complex heart surgery.

Manipal Hospitals, Bangalore Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Chairman Dr Devananda said baby Manish was born to a couple after years of waiting.

Unfortunately their happiness was shortlived as at three weeks, baby Manish started having breathing difficulty and was referred to department of Neonatology of Kasturba Hospital in Manipal. The baby was admitted in NICU, diagnosed to have major heart problem, apart from infection and referred for surgery.

He said the baby was born with ‘Transposition of Great Arteries’, which affects 1 out of 1,000 babies born. The main blood vessels which carry pure and impure blood out of the heart were interchanged, leading to impure blood circulating in the body. The baby was weighing 1.8 kgs, further complicating the issue.

The parents were then directed to Dr Devananda from Manipal Hospitals Bangalore who found that apart from existing challenges, the child also had single coronary artery which put the child at high risk for arterial switch operation.

However, the baby underwent arterial switch operation which involves bringing the major arteries back to the respective positions along with transfer of single coronary artery.

The child’s condition child gradually improved and was discharged from after two weeks post the operation. The child is doing well and gaining weight. 

He said “in case of such conditions once detected, parents are requested not to panic and consult cardiologist immediately.” Congenital heart defects may occur during the development of the heart shortly after conception and can involve the walls of the heart, the valves of the heart and the arteries and veins near the heart.

Congenital heart defects may result in disrupting the normal flow of blood through the heart and the blood flow may slow down, flow in the wrong direction and get blocked completely, the surgery cost Rs 3.44 lakh, he said.

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