Staff Correspondent

It helped Sharanappa undergo bypass surgery free of cost

Raichur: The Yeshaswini scheme has come as a boon to Sharanappa (66), a farmer from Sirwar town of Manvi taluk. Recently, he underwent a bypass surgery free of cost at the Raiv Gandhi Super-speciality Hospital.

It was last month that Sharanappa came to the hospital, complaining of breathlessness and chest pain.

Narrowing of valves

Suresh Sagartad, cardiologist, found that he had critical narrowing of aortic and mitral valves and a coronary angiogram revealed blocks in the major vessels supplying blood to the heart.

According to Dr. Sagarad, it is a rare case where the patient required replacement of both the valves and coronary artery bypass surgery, which required the replacement of old and blocked artery with new blood vessels.

Such a surgery was involved with risks owing to the high expenditure and the patient's old age.

Replaced

He was admitted to the hospital and treated under the scheme. He was operated upon on September 29 by Sharan Hallad and L.N.Achar, cardiac thoracic surgeon.

Both valves were replaced in the bypass surgery that took more than six hours.

Mr. Sharanappa has now recovered completely.

Umapathi Panyal, Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, said that treating such cases would cost around Rs. 4 lakh in other speciality hospitals.

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