VISAKHAPATNAM: OMNI RK Super Speciality Hospital here has achieved a milestone by successfully performing a rare Laparoscopic surgery on a newly-born and under-weight baby.
At the time of admission, the baby girl weighed just 1.7 kg and had no food pipe. Termed ‘Esophageal Atresia with Tracheo Esophageal Fistula’ in medical parlance, the baby was found having problem with feeding and suffering from respiratory distress. Initially, the doctors diagnosed and treated the baby for stability.
Later, chief paediatric and Laparoscopic surgeon M Srinivasa Rao, medical director and chief neonatologist K Sheshagiri and Dr Vijaykanth, under the guidance of the hospital MD Dr. K Radha Krishna, took the responsibility of saving the baby.
The operation was performed on July 5 for more than three hours and ended successfully. Later the baby was put on ventilator.
The baby was tube fed for the first three weeks after the operation before switched to oral feeding. The doctors said that the baby is being nursed by her mother for the last two weeks and is healthy now, weighing 2.2 kg.
The doctors expressed happiness over the successful surgery. The authorities said that though they had dealt with critical cases earlier, this surgery to correct a congenital defect was their very first and the rarest in the state.