In a rare case, doctors performed three heart procedures on a patient during the course of a single eight-and-ahalf hour operation at Divine Heart Hospital and Research Centre.
“The patient was operated upon on April 17 and is ready for discharge now. This is the world’s second such heart operation,” said hospital founder director AK Srivastava, who operated on the patient along with a team of surgeons. The first operation was performed in Japan and was published in a scientific journal in 1991.
The operation consisted of the removal of heart tumour, heart-valve replacement, closure of defect and bypass surgery of three blocked coronary arteries.
Ram Singh Kushwaha, 68, had complaints of breathlessness and palpitation since one year. He had also been suffering from weakness, vertigo and swelling but had no history of angina. Investigations revealed that all three coronary arteries were blocked up to 80-100%. He also had two other problems--a large tumor (LA Myxoma) floating in the heart cavity and mitral valve leakage.