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Rare heart surgery at Lilavati Hospital

Sunday, 6 July 2014 - 6:20am IST | Agency: dna

Vinit Sudhakar Khedekar noticed that his two-and-a-half-month-old son Vihaan, had problem breathing for the past month.

Dr Deepak Changlani, paediatric cardiologist at Lilavati Hospital, said, "A 2D echocardiography confirmed a rare congenital heart defect with abnormal venous drainage of both the lungs to right side of the heart, which normally drains to the left side (left atrium)."

Dr Changlani added that this anomaly is called Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection (TAPVC). This is a rare disorder wherein the oxygen-rich blood returned from the pulmonary veins and was abnormally getting diverted to the liver instead of the heart. Doctors said such cases are reported in one in a lakh births and generally babies die within a short duration after birth because the blood does not circulate to all the organs.

Vihaan underwent a surgery by Dr Suresh Joshi (senior cardiovascular surgeon at Lilavati). Post operation, the baby was managed well and is discharged, Vihaan has normal venous drainage of lung veins to left side of heart, said doctors.

Dr Joshi said, "Without this corrective surgery, the baby would not have survived. Now, the baby can lead a near normal life."

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