Doctors successfully operate a two-month-old baby girl suffering from 'frequent and silent heart attacks' at a Mumbai hospital.
According to the doctors at the Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Center, the baby came with a problem of fast breathing, feeding poorly and crying incessantly.
‘Surgeons successfully operated a two-month-old baby diagnosed with Anomalous Left Coronary Artery from Pulmonary Artery (ALCAPA) in Mumbai.’
'Doctors conducting an echocardiography on her found an abnormal artery origin which was turning away the majority of the blood supply from the heart, and was reversing the blood flow away from the heart as well. Having been born with this defect, the baby was suffering repeated heart attacks,' a statement from the hospital said.
In medical lingo the condition is termed as Anomalous Left Coronary Artery from Pulmonary Artery (ALCAPA), the lesion was caused by an abnormal origin of the left coronary artery, the artery that carries impure blood to lungs.
A team led by Shivaprakash, chief surgeon and head of Pediatric Heart Center at the hospital, operated on the baby on February 22. The artery was disconnected from its abnormal origin and was reimplanted at its right place in the aorta.
The girl baby's condition stabilized after five days and she is likely to be discharged in the next few days. With a gradual but steady recovery, she is expected to have normal heart function in the next few months, and should be able to lead a normal life, the hospital said.