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Breathe easy, my child: How Mumbai man saved his infant son’s life

Mumbai city news: Priyom was suffering from bouts of fever and a respiratory infection for 15 days. His condition deteriorated after this and he had to be taken to a hospital.

mumbai Updated: Jul 11, 2017 13:07 IST
Yesha Kotak
Guddu with his wife and son Priyom.
Guddu with his wife and son Priyom.

When Priyom Choudhary grows up, his father will have a story to tell: about how he saved his life.

Priyom, who is 45 days old, was struggling for breath in an ambulance when Guddu Choudhary gave him mouth-to-mouth breathing and ensured he reached a hospital in Parel safe.

Priyom was suffering from bouts of fever and a respiratory infection for 15 days. His condition deteriorated after this and he had to be taken to a hospital. While on their way, he suddenly started having trouble breathing. His father, Guddu Choudhary, administered him CPR. Doctors said that this had helped Priyom reach the hospital in a stable condition.

“Had Guddu Choudhary not used his hindsight, his baby wouldn’t have lived,” says Dr Biswa Panda, head of paediatric cardiac surgery at  J Wadia Wadia Children’s Hospital, Parel.

Guddu, a labourer in a steel company, had attended a CPR guidance session conducted by his company. Doctors say that the awareness about the procedure in our country is quite poor, which is why people are hesitant to administer CPR.

“In our country, people learn about CPR through movies, which is a distorted version of the procedure. However, lately companies and schools have been conducting sessions to train people in the life-saving measure, which I hope will make a difference,” said Dr Panda.

Dr Panda said that Priyom had left arterial Myxoma, a tumour in the upper chamber of the heart. His is a condition that is found in adults.

“On arrival, he was immediately rushed to the paediatric ICU. He was ventilated, stabilised and checked,” said Dr Panda.

A six-hour-long open heart surgery was conducted on the baby to remove the tumour.

“He might have developed the tumour when he was in the womb. This blocked an artery in his heart,” added Dr Panda.

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