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Rare heart surgery for 8-month old baby

A rare heart surgery and procedure was performed on an eight-month-old child by cardiac surgeons at a city hospital in Hyderabad.

india Updated: Dec 11, 2009 17:48 IST

A rare heart surgery and procedure was performed on an eight-month-old child by cardiac surgeons at a city hospital in Hyderabad.

The baby, weighing only four kgs had a large hole between the upper chambers of the heart and the surgery was done last week by a team of cardiologists at the Care Hospital, a release said.

The left atrium was divided into two parts by a thin membrane. This resulted in three chambers in the upper half of the heart.

The normal heart would be having only two chamber separated by a spectum with out any hole between them so that impure blood collected in the right upper chamber do not mix with the pure blood in the left chamber.

This defect is called Cor Triatriatum in medical parlance which consists of an additional membrane in the left
Atrium following which the veins returning blood from the lungs now actually comes into the right side of the heart.

From this chamber blood goes to left ventricle through small holes in the membrane.

As a result of this condition, the impure blood was getting mixed up in all the chambers and there was back
pressure in the lungs and child was getting heart failure as well as not putting on weight, it said.