Doctors at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in New Delhi have performed a rare surgery, inserting a stent in the heart of a one-month old baby who had a blockage in the right ventricle of her heart.
According to the doctors, the baby was suffering from a common cyanotic heart defect known as tetralogy of fallot and had a 4.5mm hole in her heart and her right lung had collapsed when she was admitted to the hospital.
The doctors held a number of debates on how to proceed before going ahead with a RVOT (right ventricular outflow tract) stenting.
"We had a protracted debate over the method to be followed in this case since the surgery, which is the standard practice in such cases, was not possible on a baby with such low birth weight. So, we had to find an alternative. Finally, we decided to perform RVOT stenting", the Director and HOD of Paediatric and Congenital heart diseases at the hospital, Dr S Radhakrishana said, adding that the baby was responding well to the treatment and had been discharged from the hospital just a week after the surgery.