Boon to women

SAMBA CHAKRABORTHY, a student from West Bengal, had to give up studies after leak of a cardiac valve eight years ago. After conventional valve replacement surgery a patient is put on blood thinning drugs and must have frequent blood tests.

In 1967, Sir Donald Ross introduced a new procedure, which was a boon to women. They could now lead a normal married life. It is known as the Ross procedure.

At the Madras Medical Mission's Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, the 150th Ross procedure was performed on Wednesday. The complex heart surgery involves replacing a patient's aortic valve with the pulmonary valve.

Ms. Chakraborthy was the hospital's 150th patient to undergo the Ross procedure.

Sir Donald Ross, who has been associated with the hospital for 15 years, was in Chennai on the occasion.