After suffering from a rare heart disease for over four years, Martin, a resident of Rwanda, found hope at a Mumbai hospital where doctors were able to diagnose and treat his ailment.
Operated on December 17 for a rare valve defect called, Rheumatic Isolated Tricuspid Stenosis of Heart, the 32 year-old flew back to his home country on Tuesday night.
“Before coming to India I went to four African countries in the hope to find a cure,” said Martin, who was suffering from symptoms like breathlessness, swelling on face, genital parts and abdomen due to the heart defect.
Team of doctors at Wockhardt hospital in Mulund, who operated on Martin, explained why his case was a rare one. “A heart has four valves — mitral, aortic, pulmonary and tricuspid. In most cases the mitral or aortic valves get blocked. Blockage of the tricuspid valve is very rare,” said Dr Ajay Chaughule, cardio-thoracic and vascular surgeon.
He explained that the defect in the Tricuspid valve led to the formation of blood clots, which restricted the flow of blood.
“I was forced to take up a part time job. I had stopped socializing and could not even think of marriage,” said Martin, who studied MBA finance and earlier worked as an executive with a multinational company in his country.
His heart condition led to other complications like enlargement of the liver. Investigations also revealed that the affected valve had narrowed down to 0.8cm against the normal size of 5.8cm.
“Had the operation been delayed any further, the patient’s life could have been put in danger,” said Dr Chaugule.