LUCK NOW: A nine-day-old baby girl underwent major heart surgery for complicated congenital heart disease at Medanta Hospital.
The infant was a patient with cyanotic congenital heart disease (CCHD) which involves heart defects that reduce the amount of oxygen supplied to the rest of the body.
Director of 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. The examination revealed that the child had complicated CCHD, which means that his two large blood vessels did not connect normally to the heart.
He said immediate surgery was planned because the patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), a small artery providing blood flow to the lungs, closed and the baby’s oxygen saturation fell below 50%.
The newborn, who weighed around 2kg at birth, was admitted and underwent shunt surgery – a life-saving procedure – after which she was transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit on a ventilator mechanical and was discharged within 10 days of admission.
Consultant and Head of Neonatology, Dr Roli Srivastava said: “There are certain heart problems in newborn babies in which the arteries supplying oxygen to the lungs do not form so the baby becomes oxygen deficient. . In these babies, we need to create a shunt between the cardiac system and the pulmonary circulation to maintain pulmonary flow.