A baby boy,born to Monica and Amit Singh,suffering from a complication that resulted in the underdevelopment of his heart,has been operated upon and given a pacemaker by Dr Harinder Singh Bedi,head of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Christian Medical College and Hospital,Ludhiana.
The baby was suffering from a complete heart block. In this condition the electrical system of the heart is underdeveloped – so that the babys heart was beating at 40 beats per minute instead of the normal 130 beats per minute. A detailed examination by the head of Paediatrics,professor Gurmeet Kaur,confirmed the diagnosis and therapy was immediately instituted. An permanent pacemaker was inserted via a minimally invasive approach.
Dr Bedi explained that pacemakers are routinely put in adult patients by the venous route,but in a newborn the veins are too small and so a direct approach to the heart is made by a small incision and the pacemaker is attached to the delicate heart by a screw-in mechanism. The pacemaker was kept below the skin in a pouch specially created in the abdominal wall.