One of India's leading cardiac surgeons Ramakant Panda performed a complex surgery on a 58-year old man and removed 17 blocks in his heart after undergoing 12 bypass grafts.
Mithalal Dhoka suffered from diabetes and hypertension over the last two decades and was rushed to Hyderabad's Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences after complaining of severe chest pains in February. Tests revealed that Dhoka had 17 blocks in all of the three major arteries and the doctors gave up, citing it as 'an inoperable case'.
He later consulted doctors at the Asian Heart Institute in the northwestern Bandra where he underwent an 11-hour long surgery headed by Dr Panda, who revealed that his team may have created a new world record of 12 bypass surgeries on a single patient.
Stating that Dhoka has now shown dramatic improvement in his condition, Dr Panda said, "We did a CT angiogram after three weeks and all grafts were found to be working well. He underwent a stress test which was normal, proving that while he was running an equivalent of seven kilometres an hour, his heart drew its full blood supply."