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Chennai Docs Perform Rare Heart Surgery on Sri Lankan Teen

by Kathy Jones on  March 8, 2014 at 10:32 PM Indian Health News   - G J E 4
Doctors in Chennai have performed a rare heart surgery on a 14-year-old Sri Lankan teen that gives her a chance of leading a normal life.
 Chennai Docs Perform Rare Heart Surgery on Sri Lankan Teen
Chennai Docs Perform Rare Heart Surgery on Sri Lankan Teen
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Kaveesha Samarakoon was born with her pulmonary valve closed, which led to the circulation of deoxygenated blood through her body, a condition known as blue baby syndrome. She underwent a heart surgery in 2009 where doctors implanted a cow's heart valve and assured her that there will not be any problems for 10 years.

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However the valve failed within 2 years and while the doctors inserted a stent to relieve the obstruction, it led to the deoxygenated blood flowing back from the lungs into her heart.

Doctors at Madras Medical Mission then performed a rare surgery, which involved implanting a 'foldable' heart valve through a small incision and then unfolding it once it reaches the heart. "Once it is inside the heart, the valve is unfolded and sewn into place. It is a highly technical procedure, but the patient can walk from the third day on. In case of open chest surgery, the recovery and risks are much more", Dr K Sivakumar, who attended to her in Chennai, said. While Kaveesha will be requiring a follow-up surgery in a few years, it will allow her to lead a normal life back in her home city of Colombo.



Source: Medindia
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