Doctors save infant with rare heart condition
New Delhi: In an uncommon surgery, doctors at Delhi’s Apollo Hospital recently saved the life of a 7-month-old girl suffering from type-3 truncus arteriosus (TA) — a rare type of heart disease.
Normally there are two main blood vessels parting the heart: the aorta, carrying blood to the body, and the pulmonary artery that carries blood to the lungs.
Instead of having a separate pulmonary artery and aorta, the baby had only one great blood vessel parting the heart, which then branched into blood vessels going to the lungs and the body. This resulted in breathing problems for her, said doctors.
Dr Muthu Jothi, senior consultant and paediatric cardiothoracic surgeon at Apollo hospital said that if the condition was left untreated, the child would have died due to pulmonary hypertension (high pressure in the lungs) and cardiac failure. “The child, Bangoli Isonia, was from Congo. No hospital in her country agreed to take up the case considering her tender age. We attempted to carry out surgical intervention despite all odds,” Dr Jothi said. The surgery was carried out September 14.
“We disconnected the pulmonary arteries from the aorta and installed a tube between the pulmonary arteries. The hole in the heart was closed,” the doctors said.
The child was on ventilator support for 24 hours. “Her condition improved significantly and she is fit to go back to her country now,” the doctors added.
The father of the baby Bnaguli said, “Our family was completely despondent when a family friend shared Bangoli’s report with the doctors at Apollo hospital over an email. They readily agreed to take up the case”.