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Mauritian baby with life-threatening condition gets new lease of life

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Mauritian baby with life-threatening condition gets new lease of life
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The parents of a four-month-old baby flew 5000 km from Mauritius to Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai for treatment of a life-threatening heart defect that had left the baby unable to feed and was leading to congestive cardiac failure.

According to an article published by Global Prime News, the Mauritian baby was a suspected case of Congenital rubella syndrome that had caused Patent Ductus Arteriosus, a birth defect of the heart. As a result of the defect, the infant’s heart had a volume overload with congestive cardiac failure. Timely diagnosis and intervention by the specialist doctors at Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai, who overcame multiple challenges in closing the heart defect gave the baby a new lease of life.

Dr Bhushan Chavan, Consultant, Paediatrics and Paediatric Cardiology, Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai said,“The case was complicated. The infant had been in the NICU for two long months in Mauritius. He had failed to thrive and his weight at four months of age was the same as at birth, just 2.5 kilos. We were fortunate that he managed the long journey from Mauritius without any major issues.”

After admission, the baby was thoroughly evaluated and it was found that the PDA was of significant size for the baby. The standard of care for large PDAs with significant blood flow is closure using either surgical or transcatheter methods.

Due to the low weight, it was decided to go in for a minimally invasive interventional closure of the PDA in the Cath-Lab.

The low weight of the baby and presence of thrombosed veins made the procedure more challenging.

Dr Bhushan Chavan said, “We went through the internal jugular vein on the right side of the neck. The margin of error is very low in handling tiny babies and the initial use of a wire through a sheath resulted in slipping and slowing of the heart rate. It was then immediately decided to innovate and use a flexible catheter to guide the wire with the occluding device.”

The position of the device was confirmed through an echocardiogram, a scan used to look at the heart and surrounding blood vessels, which showed complete closure of the heart defect.

The two-hour-long procedure was followed by an uneventful recovery with the baby being able to take feeds comfortably.

Besides Dr Bhushan Chavan, the clinical team at Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai included Dr Leena Pawar, Anesthetist, and Dr Narjohan Meshram, Paediatric Intensive Care specialist.

Original article at Global Prime News

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