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Rare heart surgery saves life of infant

A baby boy 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.

Written by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published: February 2, 2012 12:15:55 am

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 baby’s 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.

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