A new-born baby suffering from a critical heart condition was saved by a team of 14 doctors at Care Hospital here by performing a major heart surgery on January 4, immediately after the baby was born.
Speaking to newsmen here on Wednesday, head of the team which performed surgery, Dr. Nageswara Rao Koneti, said that Anuradha’s (22) baby was found to have critical heart condition: Obstructive Infradiaphragmatic Total Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR) when she was eight months pregnant. ‘’We divided ourselves into three teams who took up various tasks. The baby was born at 6.45 am of January 4 and at 8.30 we performed the complicated heart surgery for two hours wherein the pulmonary veins were rerouted to left artery and saved the baby’s life,” he said.
Explaining the heart condition, Dr. Tapan Dash, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, who was part of the team said that pure blood from the lungs of the foetus is diverted to liver instead of the left atrium. ‘’In the absence of pure blood reaching the heart and instead connected to liver, the baby would develop complications which may lead to her death,” he said.
He added that the baby was doing fine now and will be discharged on Wednesday.