Lucknow: Heart surgery saves life of 9-day-old girl | Lucknow News

LUCKNOW: A nine-day-old girl suffering from a complicated congenital heart disease was successfully treated by doctors at Medanta Hospital.
The girl was a patient of cyanotic congenital heart disease (CCHD) which involves heart defects that reduce the amount of oxygen supplied to the rest of the body.
Director, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery department, Dr Gaurang Majumdar, said: “The baby was brought to us with a complaint of bluish discoloration of the body on the fifth day of birth. Examination revealed the child had complicated CCHD which means her two large blood vessels didn’t connect to the heart normally.”
“Immediate surgery was planned as patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), a small artery providing blood flow to the lungs, was closing, and the baby’s oxygen saturation was falling below 50%,” he said adding that the newborn, who was about 2kg when admitted, underwent shunt surgery – a life-saving procedure – after which she was transferred to neonatal intensive care unit on a mechanical ventilator and discharged within 10 days of admission.
Consultant and head, neonatology, Dr Roli Srivastava said, “There are some heart problems in newborns in which arteries supplying oxygen to lungs are not formed so the baby becomes oxygen-deficient. In such babies, we have to create a shunt between cardiac system and pulmonary circulation to keep lung flow going on.”

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