A surgical team led by Dr Collin John, a senior pediatric surgeon, has performed a rare heart surgery on a 25-day old baby at the Narayana Hrudayalaya. The baby boy was diagnosed with a rare congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) in pre-natal stage.
This condition means the boy had no left ventricle in his heart. The surgeons performed a surgery called the Norwood procedure in which the right ventricle of the heart is connected to the aorta to restore blood supply to various parts of the body in the first stage.
The second stage involves a procedure called the Bidirectional Glenn, which is due to be performed in September this year. A press release from the hospital said the boy was responding well to the treatment.
In case the right ventricle is unable to perform the dual function of supplying blood to lungs and other parts, then a third and final stage would be required. However there are no such indications at this stage.