New lease of life for 7-month-old after complex heart surgery

Surgery was done free of cost under a government initiative under the National Health Mission

Aligarh: Doctors at the Aligarh Muslim University’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC) successfully performed a four-hour-long operation on a seven-month-old baby to set right a severe congenital defect that had been posing a risk to her life.

Doctors said only a few centres in north India could perform a critical procedure of the kind undertaken.

Mahira, daughter of Salman, a resident of Aligarh’s Jawan area, owes her life to the leader of the team, cardiothoracic surgeon Mohammad Hanif Beg, who is also the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Pro Vice-Chancellor.

Since one of the heart chambers of the infant was not developed and there was a hole in her heart, it resulted in the mixing of pure and impure blood, the doctors said on Saturday, adding that the child suffered blue discoloration, rapid and distressed breathing and feeding difficulty among other problems.

For the procedure performed on Friday, blood from the baby’s head, neck and arms was routed to her lungs. The girl has now been discharged and can look forward to living a healthy life, the doctors said.

M.H. Beg said the surgery was done free of cost under the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), a government initiative under the National Health Mission.

The JNMC is the only centre in western Uttar Pradesh with facilities for complex cardiac surgeries of children, doctor Azam Haseen said.

More than 80 children with heart diseases have benefited from the RBSK programme at JNMC, Uzma Firdaus, Nodal Officer, District Early Intervention Centre, Aligarh said.

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