Mumbai: Doctors perform first-of-its-kind cardiac surgery on 14-year-old boy

Authorities of Society for Rehabilitation of Crippled Children (SRCC) Hospital, is a 207 bed hospital, which is managed by Narayana Health. The aim of the hospital is to offer affordable yet world-class medical care for infants, children and adolescents. Over 500 cardiac surgeries were performed in the last one year

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The super speciality tertiary care paediatric facility at Haji Ali showcased a successful case study of India’s first-of-its-kind ‘Intracardia Repair of Tertalogy of Fallout with Bentall operation’ on a 14-year-old boy.

Dr Pradeep Kaushik, senior cardiac surgeon at Narayana Health SRCC Children’s Hospital, identified this child with abnormal function of heart and adopted the Bentall procedure which is a cardiac surgery operation involving composite graft replacement of the aortic valve, aortic root and ascending aorta, with re-implantation of the coronary arteries into the graft.

This operation is used to treat combined aortic valve and ascending aorta disease. “This is a case of the first time happening in the world since there is no past history on record in medical journals world over of such combined successful operations,” said Dr Kaushik.

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Dr Kaushik who has operated upon thousands of kids to correct heart disorders, said, “The current comprehensive paediatric heart programmes in India are insufficient to take care of the massive national burden. Plus, most of these are in the private sector, with a limited capacity to subsidies cost of care, Generally parents are lacking in healthcare awareness and the need if the hour is quality healthcare and treatment for children.”

In the last one year, the hospital performed operations on over 500 children for various cardiac disorders. In fact, the hospital under the guidance of Narayana Health have done cardiac camps across Maharashtra at Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Sangli, Kolhapur, Amravati, Beed, Satara, Malegaon, Daund, Nandurbar etc. and have screened around 1,500 children at these camps suffering from various cardiac ailments.