Doctors at a private hospital in Kolkata, India, have successfully operated upon a 60-year-old cancer patient who had been turned away by many hospitals because of her heart condition.
Seema Devi's was given only five months to live as her heart function dropped to one-fourth of the normal level and cancer had spread in her abdomen.
Doctors said surgery could remove the cancer but her heart would fail due to strain. Seema was turned away by three hospitals in Kolkata before she sought help from a private hospital in the month of April.
With three chemotherapy sessions and a surgery in two months, Seema not only survived, doctors at the hospital said she is safe for at least the next five years.
Cancer-ridden uterus, ovary and omentum were removed during the surgery. Seema is now being given supportive treatment.
Dharmendra Ram, Seema's husband, said, "It has been nothing short of a miracle. She was inching towards death and it was agonizing to watch her suffer. Doctors were not ready to risk the surgery but my wife said she would rather die on the operating table than accept a slow and painful death. So we chose to go ahead with the surgery and fortunately it has been successful. The surgeons have pulled off a miracle."
The surgery was tough; several precautions had to be taken in consultation with cardiac surgeon Manoj Kumar Daga of Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, who had been treating Seema. The surgery was conducted by a team of three surgeons.
"Medicines had to be altered and juggled around to ensure that her heart withstood the strain. One of her cardiac valves is damaged, which makes her heart even more vulnerable. The operation was risky but since the patient was ready for it, we felt we should give it a shot. It went exactly as we had planned," said Ashish Mukhopadhyay, who supervised the surgery.
"Ever since she was diagnosed with cancer, seven months ago, my wife's condition had been deteriorating. She has been a heart patient for several years. After the surgery, she is already feeling better and looks more energetic," Ram said.