Infant successfully operated for rare heart disease at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, July 12: Doctors at Indraprashtha Apollo Hospitals successfully performed a highly complicated and critical surgery to save the life of a one-year-old Tanzanian baby boy, Fravianous.
The boy was suffering from a rare congenital heart disease called Hemitruncus. He has been successfully operated upon by a team of doctors from Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals including Dr Muthu Jothi, Senior Consultant- Pediatric Cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr AK Ganjoo- Senior Consultant, Cardiology, Dr Deepa Sarkar- Consultant, Pediatric Cardiac Anesthetist and their team.
Explaining the case, Dr Muthu Jothi said, “When we first saw the patient we knew that this will be a high-risk surgery but we decided to go ahead and operate as the child would not survive without the surgery. A normal heart has four chambers and four valves, where one blood vessel carries blood to the body and the other one to the lungs. In this case, the patient had no right lung and no blood vessel going to the right lung. He had only left lung and the left pulmonary artery arising from the aorta. It’s called Hemitruncus (Half truncus). The patient also had a big hole in the heart. Normally the oxygen saturation levels are around 95 – 100 but as the child had recurring chest infections came in with a saturation of 35.”
“Doctors are considered no less than God and belief in this statement increases when they save the life of your loved ones. My son too got a second life when Dr Muthu Jothi from Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals saved my little baby boy from a serious disease which other doctors refused to operate,” says Dativa, mother of the patient.