Child doing well after rare heart surgery

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Recuperating: The 10-day-old boy after the surgery at AIIMS in New Delhi.
Recuperating: The 10-day-old boy after the surgery at AIIMS in New Delhi.

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The 10-day-old boy who was successfully operated upon with his heart placed back into his chest by doctors at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences here earlier this week is recovering well.

The child had been brought to AIIMS with a very rare congenital anomaly called Ectopia cordis, wherein his heart was protruding out of his chest.

Dr. A. K. Bisoi, the cardio-thoracic surgeon at the Institute who performed the operation, said on Saturday: “The child is doing fine and is on minimum external support. His blood pressure and heart rate are stable and we are observing him.”

A 13-member team of doctors worked on the child’s beating heart during the three-and-a-half-hour surgery where the heart was placed successfully in a space created between the chest and the abdomen.

Special Correspondent adds:

Leading NGO Sulabh International on Saturday came forward to help the family of the infant. It has not only decided to adopt the infant to take care of all his future needs but also to give employment to his father, Chander Majhi, a poor labourer from Muzaffarpur in Bihar.

Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak said his organisation would take care of all medical and post-operative needs of the child. “We will also take care of his education. We have also decided to give a job to the child’s father and assist him in the child’s upbringing to ensure a healthy future for the child,” he added.




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