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

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.

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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