Ten children requiring corrective heart surgery from villages in and around Kovilpatti underwent successful procedures at Global Hospitals, here.

These school-going children, identified with the help of the Health Department, were brought to Chennai and subjected to various diagnostic tests before they were operated on. They were all beneficiaries under the Chief Minister's Insurance Scheme, according to hospital authorities.

Seven of them had a hole in the wall separating the upper chambers of the heart while three others had other problems that also required correction. The surgeries were performed by the team at Global Hospitals, headed by N. Madhu Sankar, Chief cardiothoracic surgeon, and including cardiothoracic surgeon Govini Balasubramanian, chief cardiologist Joy Thomas, cardiologist Susan Vargheese, and anaesthesiologists V. Kirtivasan, Soundar Rajan, Raja Saravanan, and Vimal Kumar.

Children born with heart defects need to undergo surgery at an early age, in order to be able to grow normally, gain weight on time and reach the proper milestones, doctors said. Non-availability of medical facilities, poverty and lack of awareness on health issues had been the major reasons for the ten children not having undergone corrective surgery until now.