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Successful Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery Saves Life of 4 Year Old Zambian Boy

by The Welthi Bureau 11th Feb, 2020

successful minimally invasive heart surgery saves life of 4 year old zambian boy
 patient with family

A team headed by Dr Chandrashekhar Kulkarni, Consultant CVTS, Global Hospital, Mumbai, successfully treated a 4-year-old Zambian boy with a hole in the heart. The patient suffered from Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), also known as a ‘hole in the heart’ which is a birth defect. He can breathe freely after surgery and can do his chores with ease after undergoing minimally invasive cardiac surgery.

 

Mohamed Ahmed Ali was born in Zambia on 13th June 2013. Slowly, his parents noticed that their baby was having breathing problems while running or walking. The baby was prone to infections and would fall sick very easily. He couldn't keep up with the peers of his age and would require constant assistance from his parents. The baby’s health kept deteriorating, and he was constantly fatigued. When he was 4, his worried parents consulted a few medicos who confirmed that the baby suffered from Atrial Septal Defect (ASD). Eventually, the patient was referred to Global Hospital wherein he got a fresh lease of life.

 

Dr Chandrashekhar Kulkarni, Consultant CVTS, Global Hospital, Parel, said, “On arrival to the hospital, a 2D ECHO of heart was again performed to reconfirm the diagnosis. He had a large Atrial Septal Defect and the only treatment option was surgery. We decided to go ahead with Minimal Invasive Cardiac Surgery route to minimize pain and also have better recovery.”

 

The patient and his family were counselled and prepared for the surgery. On 12th October 2019, he underwent minimally invasive cardiac surgery (also known as keyhole surgery), a beneficial technique in tackling heart conditions.

 “This surgery is performed through making a small keyhole-sized incision on the right side of the chest instead of the larger incisions carried out in the conventional open-heart surgery. The defect was closed without cutting the breast bone as he was operated between the ribs, which resulted in less pain and a quicker recovery. This procedure also requires temporarily stopping of the heart and diverting blood flow from the heart using a heart-lung bypass machine. The benefits of this surgery are less blood loss, low risk of infection, reduced trauma and pain, less noticeable scars, and shorter hospital stay. The surgery lasted for two-and-half hours and the patient was discharged on the 3rd day after surgery. Now, the boy can breathe properly and doesn’t feel tired all the time,” highlighted Dr Kulkarni.

 

Ahmed Ali, the patient’s father said, “After Irfan’s birth, we noticed that he was not as active as the kids of his age. Where other kids would play, he would avoid doing so as he would find it difficult to breathe while playing. Moreover, he was also down with fever. We thank the doctors from the hospital who saved his life with the help of their expertise, cutting edge technology and round-the-clock services.”

 

“The cardiology team consisting of Paediatric Interventional Cardiologist and the Cardio Thoracic Surgeons are skilled to tackle highly complicated congenital anomalies. In this particular case, we avoided the conventional open heart surgery and could successfully treat the child with Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery leading to less post-operative pain and faster recovery. The doctors, nurses and paramedical staff at Global Hospital are well-trained to handle paediatric patients”, said Dr VivekTalaulikar, CEO - Global Hospital, Mumbai.

 

About Global Hospitals, Mumbai

 

Global Hospital at Parel, Mumbai is part of Gleneagles Global Hospitals since 2015. The 450-bed facility comprises of 17-stories, housing state-of-the-art infrastructure, and advanced medical care facilities. The hospital offers end-to-end clinical, surgical and diagnostic services. It is equipped with a team of eminent medical professionals aided by qualified nurses and medical staff. Strengthening lives through compassionate care, innovative therapies and relentless efforts, it reflects in the DNA of the passionate team of doctors and dedicated clinical staff.

 

The Hospital offers advanced Endoscopic procedures, Hepatobiliary and Liver Surgeries, Surgical and Medical Gastroenterology, Bariatric Surgery. The hospital understands the intricacies of Bone Marrow Transplantation, the success of which depends upon the quality of the harvest, the technique of transfusion, and the post-transplantation care of the patient to prevent complications. Hence, there is a state-of-the-art laboratory and requisite transfusion facilities to provide the best-in-class service to people opting for bone marrow transplantation. The hospital is a centre of excellence for Orthopaedics, Joint Replacement, Knee Replacement, Hip Replacement surgery. The hospital has round-the-clock services for emergencies, critical care, and trauma.

 

Gleneagles Global Hospitals has multi-super speciality hospitals in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai. The brand is the most preferred hospital group for multi-organ transplants in the Asia region. The parent entity of Gleneagles Global Hospitals is IHH Healthcare, a leading premium integrated healthcare provider with a network of 84 hospitals and more than 16,000 licensed beds. It is one of the largest healthcare groups in the world by market capitalisation and is listed in the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia and Main Board of SGX-ST. IHH is a leading player in the home markets of Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey and India, and in their key growth markets of China and Hong Kong.


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