750 gram preterm baby undergoes lifesaving cardiac procedure

Tuesday, 12 April 2022 (16:40 IST)
Chennai: The city-based MGM Healthcare on Tuesday announced that it had successfully performed a lifesaving Cardiac Intervention procedure on a 27-week preterm baby.

The infant now is one of the smallest baby in the country to undergo this procedure, which was done by Pediatric Cardiac Intervention Cardiologists Dr.Rajesh Kumar and Dr. Ramyashri under the leadership of Dr KR Balakrishnan, Chairman & Director of Cardiac Sciences and Director of the Heart and Lung Transplant Program at MGM Healthcare.

The 27-week preterm baby, weighing 750 grams was struggling for life in ventilator for almost one month since birth in the Neonatal ICU in Chennai. The baby had one large congenital heart defect called PDA which required closure for survival.

"After discussion with parents and surgical experts, we decided to use special device with new technology for intervention closure, considering the comorbidities for open surgery", Dr Rajesh Kumar said, according to a hospital release.

The team of doctors successfully conducted this procedure on the baby on March 24 and the infant was shifted back to NICU the same day.

Baby's oxygen requirements are coming down and will be discharged once desired weight is achieved. (UNI)

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