When Nakul Kokate, 5, was brought to JJ Hospital seven months ago, his parents were not sure he would survive his rare heart deformity.
The Akola resident, however, is now looking forward to joining school this year.
The boy underwent a complicated heart surgery at the Byculla hospital and was back in the city earlier this week for a check-up.
Doctors were happy to note the boy, who barely weighed 11kg when he first came to the hospital now weighs 17kg and is recovering well.
Kokate's was a complicated case because he was suffering from Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA) and Aorto Pulmonary Septal Defect (APSD), a rare combination of heart disorders that led to the flow of pure and impure blood flows in wrong directions. The condition could have led to a heart failure.
According to doctors, in both these heart conditions, a surgery should be conducted as early as possible.
"His condition was further complicated by an infection he contracted during a surgery he underwent at a heart camp in a remote village," said Dr Bhanu Kapoor, associate professor at JJ Hospital.
At the heart camp, doctors detected only one condition, PDA, and left the APSD untouched.
"His health was deteriorating and doctors at several hospitals had refused to operate on him owing to the severity of the condition. JJ Hospital doctors agreed to conduct a surgery but they said that the percentage of survival was very low," said Nakul's father Vitthal, a farmer in Akola.
When admitted to JJ Hospital, Nakul's lungs were very weak, his liver was enlarged and he weighed as much as a one-year-old child.
"Considering his heart failure and health, an open heart surgery would have been highly risky," said Dr NO Bansal, head of the cardiology department.
First, the infection in Nakul's heart was reduced with the help of antibiotics. An echo-cardiography probe was used to close the APSD defect without opening the heart.
"We were very happy to see Nakul running around in the wards when he came for a follow-up. The improvement in his health is a very positive sign," said Dr Kapoor.