AIIMS-Rishikesh docs perform rare heart surgery to save 15-yr-old, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Dehradun: The doctors at All India Institute Of Medical Science in Rishikesh (AIIMS-R) have successfully performed the complicated heart surgery to save a 15-year-old girl from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. The girl had a medical condition — Tetralogy of Fallot — under which oxygen-poor blood flows out of the heart into the rest of the body.

The operation was successfully carried out under the leadership of Dr Aneesh Gupta of the CTVS Department. During the operation, the hole in the heart of the girl was closed, her lungs were enlarged, and the pulmonary valve was replaced.

“Due to unnecessary delay in treatment, the teenager was having trouble in breathing which was further hampering her routine. Examination done by our team revealed that the girl had a congenital hole in her heart and her lung vein was contracted. One of her heart valves was also underdeveloped since birth. This condition is called Tetralogy of Fallot with Absent Pulmonary Valves in Medical Science. In this disease, respiratory arteries are obstructed as soon as many children are born. But incidentally, this teenager did not face any problem for 15 years. However, the delay in proper treatment made her condition critical,” said Dr Gupta.

AIIMS-R director Professor Ravi Kant appreciated the team of the institute’s CTVS and Cardiology Department for successfully performing the complex surgery, a first-of-its-kind in Uttarakhand.

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