Hyderabad: Surgeons at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) Hospital, Secunderabad, said that they had managed to unclog fully blocked valves that connected heart to the lungs by just using a wire and a balloon on a two-day old preterm baby who weighed 1.2 kg.
The preterm baby was one among the twins born through cesarean and immediately after birth, the baby was diagnosed with a congenital heart disorder. Due to the condition, the baby was unable to maintain oxygenation and required ventilation support.
A team of paediatric cardiologists, consisting of Dr Gouthami V and Dr Sudeep Verma, with the help of paediatric cardiac anaesthetist Dr Nagarajan, performed the complicated surgery of opening blocked valve with wire perforation followed by balloon dilatation introduced through one of the veins from the neck, the press release said. Following the success of the surgery, the baby has now gained 1.8 kg and is able to maintain normal oxygenation.