Mumbai doctors save two-month-old who suffered six heart attacks a month after surgery
The surgery to save Vidisha’s life took 12 hours, after which she spent 50 days in the ICUmumbai Updated: May 11, 2017 15:41 IST
A two-month-old girl diagnosed with a critical heart condition suffered six heart attacks in the month following a surgery to save her life. The girl, Vidisha Waghmare, underwent surgery at BJ Wadia Hospital in Parel to correct a major congenital defect called transposition of great arteries.
Doctors had earlier realised that Vidisha had a major congenital heart defect known as ‘blue baby syndrome’. Her oxygen levels would dip to 60%, causing her to turn blue. By the time she was diagnosed, the heart disease had severely damaged her lungs.
“It took a 12-hour-long surgery to fix her heart. Her weak lungs could not bear the stress of the surgery and started to fail two days later. Her body was unable to maintain its oxygen levels and started showing signs of oxygen deprivation,” said Dr Biswa Panda, paediatric cardiac surgeon at Wadia children’s cardiac centre.
“A new-generation ventilator known as high frequency oscillatory ventilator helped us save her life. Once her lungs improved, we used conventional ventilation methods,” he added.
“In view of her critical condition, she remained unstable for a month and suffered six heart attacks during her stay in the intensive care unit,” said Dr Panda.
“The surgery was a race against time. It took 40 days before we could take Vidisha off the ventilator. She stayed in the ICU for 50 days. Now, she has recovered completely and is ready to go home. Usually, public hospitals in India do not have the facilities and infrastructures to tackle such complex diseases,” said Dr Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO, Wadia Children’s Hospital.