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Viagra gives new lease of life to baby with heart defect

kolkata Updated: Jun 05, 2009 12:19 IST

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Tanisha, a four-month-old baby girl, suffering from an extremely rare congenital heart defect received a new lease of life with popular anti-impotency drug Viagra, which was used to reduce high blood pressure during a prolonged operation at a multi-speciality hospital in Chennai.

Tanisha, born to Subrata and Dipa Saha of Kolkata through caesarian section, was suffering from recurring bouts of breathing trouble since she was two months old and sometimes even used to turn blue due to it since her birth in December.

"She had cyanotica congenital heart defect, which affects only one in a lakh. Her heart was on the right side with a hole in it coupled with an ineffective and underdeveloped right lung," cardiac surgeon K R Balakrishnan of Malar hospital, a subsidiary of Fortis health care, Chennai told reporters in Kolkata on Thursday.

The baby had very high blood pressure in the right lung leading to flow of blood from the wrong direction to the heart, he said.

It was a high risk, complicated, four-hour surgery, Balakrishnan said.

"Viagra, used in the form of Silbenfril, was applied orally to reduce blood pressure in the lungs during the operation, Balakrishnan, who performed seventh such surgery, said. The baby suffered four respiratory attacks while travelling from Kolkata to Chennai on April three.

Her aunt, Kalpana Sabui, who was instrumental in getting in touch with Balakrishnan and taking the child to Chennai, said Tanisha was in hospital for two months.

She said Balakrishnan not only took personal care of the child, but also raised funds for the operation.