Pak Kid Gets Lease of Life after Rare Heart Treatment at AIMS
In a first in the country, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl, suffering a unique heart condition, cardiac arrhythmia, succesfully underwent a rare treatment in the cath lab at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) near here on Wednesday.
Hina Tapu, from Baitan district, Baluchistan at Karachi in Pakistan is also the youngest child to have undergone the procedure in the world, the AIMS authorities said. This is also perhaps the first instance when a child from Pakistan has sought treatment in Kerala. Hina was suffering from an uncommon heart rhythm problem, Idiopathic fascicular ventricular tachycardia (IFLVT), that is uncommon in children of her age. She experienced sporadic episodes of paroxysmal palpitations, when heartrates went as high as 240/minute. She was hospitalised on six occasions following heart failure. Besides, on four occasions she was put on a ventilator.
When despite administering multiple medications, the heart condition showed no signs of recouping, she was referred to AIMS, where she was attended to by a team of cardiologists that include pediatric cardiologists and heart rhythm specialists . On February 1, she was taken to the catheterisation laboratory to undergo the procedure to root out the problem permanently.
The doctors approached her heart via the arm artery (axillary artery). The circuit causing the high heart rate was mapped and radio frequency energy was delivered to the circuit. A team of doctors led by Dr K U Natarajan performed the procedure. “The child is coming around well after the procedure and has maintained a steady normal rhythm after the procedure without any medications. She is likely to be discharged in two days,” the hospital authorities said.