4 Hour Old Infant Given Life and Heart by Doctors at Wockhardt Hospitals
Posted Jan 12 2009 11:49pm
New-born survives life through a beating heart surgery~Wockhardt Hospitals intervenes in the golden hour~
The Pediatric Cardiac team at Wockhardt Hospitals, Mumbai performed yet another life saving exemplary surgery on a 4 hour old baby giving an elixir of life to the new born. Pediatric Cardiac Consultants at Wockhardt Hospital have successfully performed a critical 2-hour beating heart surgery to allow the flow of blood from the baby’s heart to her lungs, thereby enabling the child to breathe normal. This life threatening, rare cardiac complication in neonates is called Pulmonary Atresia, that requires to be addressed in a critical window period of just a few hours of the baby’s birth, was accomplished in the state-of-the-art dedicated pediatric cardiac set up of the hospital.
Addressing the press conference Dr. Suresh Joshi, Consultant Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon, Wockhardt Hospitals, who operated upon the baby, explains, “In her case, t he pulmonary valve of the heart which controls blood to the lungs was not developed therefore no blood was reaching the lungs.” The child, however, was able to stay alive for a few critical hours due to ductus arteriosus, a valve that is meant for its fetal existence only. This valve shuts close naturally after birth and the corrective surgery was required within this window.”
“We were able to perform the life saving surgery immediately after birth because the crucial foetal echocardiography was performed on the baby during the second trimester through which the diagnosis of pulmonary atresia was made “said Dr Swati Garekar,Consultant Pediatric Cardiologist, Wockhardt Hospitals.
Minutes after her birth out of a planned caesarian section in a private city hospital the baby was shifted to Wockhardt Hospitals at Mulund in a cardiac ambulance. Within four hours of her birth, the baby was wheeled in for a beating heart BT Shunt procedure wherein a synthetic tube (shunt) was inserted to connect a new artery -- the sub clavian artery -- to the pulmonary artery. The sub clavian artery supplies blood to the arms but is now redirected to share supply to the arms and the lungs.
Present at the occasion Dr. Snehal Kulkarni, Pediatric Cardiologist,Wockhardt Hospitals said, “In India, over 2.5 million children are born with heart defects every year and many lives are lost due to lack of proper infrastructure, awareness, and poor planning at time of birth. Some 3 per cent of these cases are of those born with Pulmonary Atresia. Timely detection and early treatment can not only save a child but also help him lead a normal and healthy life.”
Dr. Swati Garekar, Pediatric Cardiologist at Wockhardt Hospitalsalso added, “Foetal Echocardiography is used to diagnose heart defects before a child is born. The diagnosis done through foetal echocardiography helps in treating the heart defect in the child at an early stage especially when many times some interventions needs to be done immediately after the birth. Since foetal echocardiography was done in this case the defect was identified and immediately after her birth the baby was brought to Wockhardt Hospitals for treatment.”
“If abnormalities of the foetal heart are discovered by a prenatal screening procedure, this special examination of the heart of can be performed with a referral from a physician which will help identifying the defect at the right stage, perform corrective procedures and reduce the mortality and morbidity rate” she added.Wockhardt Hospitals has established a full-fledged pediatric cardiac care unit at the facility with state- of- art technology and full time Pediatric Cardiac experts who not only perform critical surgeries but also believes in putting the patients back to their normal life.
Added Mr. Parag P father of the baby"The gynaecologist did a sonography post which the condition in our baby was brought to light in the 27 th week of pregnancy. Once the diagnosis was confirmed we were referred to Dr. Suresh Joshi at Wockhardt Hospitals. Dr. Joshi educated us about the condition the baby was in, the latest treatment procedures, the stages of operations and the positive results post operation. With this information me and my wife were in a position to take a collective and speedy decision to treat our child as early as possible after her birth.”
About Wockhardt Hospitals:Wockhardt Hospitals Group is one amongst the largest private healthcare providers in India for the past 18 years. Amongst the fastest growing hospital networks in Asia, Wockhardt Hospitals operates a chain of super-specialty hospitals in Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Rajkot, Surat, Bhavnagar & Nashik. As a center of excellence, the hospital provides clinical expertise focusing on its core specialties –Cardiac care, Neuro sciences, Orthopedics and Minimal Access Surgery.
WockhardtHospitalis synonymous with state-of-the-art, high quality care that is comparable to the global standards in healthcare. It has an exclusive association in India with Harvard Group and is a treatment destination for patients from US, UK and other European Countries besides South Asia, South East Asia, Middle East and Africa. Wockhardt Hospitals, Bangalore and Mumbai have received the highly coveted accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCI), USA, which is the global benchmark in healthcare accreditation. It puts Wockhardt Hospitals at a par with international centers of medical excellence.
The certification is a reflection of Wockhardt Hospital’s commitment to stringent quality standards. The hospital is the first in South Asia to be recognized by the American Blue Cross and Blue Shield association in its worldwide network of participating hospitals. It is recognized by 17 leading insurance providers across the globe, including CIGNA.www.wockhardthospitals.netFor more information please contact:Priyam :firstname.lastname@example.org