HYDERABAD: The pediatric consultants at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences have treated a 22-day-old boy from Hemitruncus, a rare congenital heart heart disease.
The boy hailing from Nagpur, Maharashtra, who is yet to be named, was admitted in the hospital when he was 7-day-old. The disorder, that is mostly detected among new-borns, where the pulmonary artery branch that is supposed to be at right, arises from the ascending aorta just above the aortic sinuses where as the main pulmonary artery and the other branch are in the normal position. “Due to this, the blood pressure increases on one part of the lung leading to its collapse. Hence, treatment at a very early stage is required,” explained Dr Anil Kumar Dharmapuram, senior consultant Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon at KIMS Hospital, who led a team of surgeons to perform the critical surgery.
The pulmonary artery of a heart belonging to a brain dead person that was donated by the family was used for reconstructing the right pulmonary artery of the baby to re-attach it to its normal position in the heart. “The donor’s heart was preserved overnight at the homograft valve bank. We successfully reconstructed the right pulmonary artery using the fresh homograft,” Anil Kumar added. So far, only 65 cases of Hemitruncus have been reported worldwide. “The surgery was successful and the outcome of the boy will be excellent,” he added. Parents of the boy Raynold and Mahija Thomas said that the doctors gave them a new life at a time when the family lost all hope.