An eight month pregnant woman, who showed signs of heart failure, gave birth to twin babies at a private hospital here. The 29-year old lady, belonging to Tamil Nadu, was admitted to KIMS Hospital here following an acute onset of breathlessness and abnormal breathing pattern.
The patient was eight months pregnant and showed signs of heart failure following which doctors referred the patient to KIMS for emergency treatment. An emergency surgery was conducted by Dr Rafeekha and team and the twins were saved through caesarean.
The patient suffered a cardiac arrest following the surgery and was given emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation through which the doctors were able to restore partial heart functioning.
The patient’s heart was functioning at only 10 per cent and chief cardiac surgeon Dr Fazil Azeem then put the patient into artificial heart lung bypass machine known as ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation).
She was put on ECMO for continuous five days until her heart started to function on its own.
Later, she reunited with her twin babies. Her husband, an auto driver who is suffering from polio since birth, was also delighted that his wife and children were saved.
Along with Azeem and Rafeeka the other doctors who were in the team are cardiologist D Peter and cardiac anaesthetist Dileep.