Survival “nothing short of a miracle,” father says
By Dave Andrusko
Two weeks after being born prematurely weighing barely one pound, a baby boy has become the tiniest infant ever to survive heart surgery.
His father, identified only as S P Jain, says his son’s survival is nothing short of a miracle, according to Alexandra Thompson, a health reporter for the Daily Mail. “He is so brave that he has survived so many odds with such low weight,” the father of the as-yet unnamed baby boy. “Our prayers have been answered.”
The palm-sized baby suffered from a heart condition known as Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). Normally, at birth or shortly after, a blood vessel known as the ductus arteriosus, which connects the two major arteries during pregnancy, closes. When it doesn’t, according to Thompson, it “allows oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor blood to mix, which can put a strain on the heart and increase blood pressure.”
Normally when the connection remains open, the baby is treated with medicines. But according to Dr. Sunil Jangid, who performed the surgery at Geetanjali Medical College & Hospital in Eklingpura, India, “In this case, when the infant didn’t respond to medicines, heart surgery was the last option.”
Born at 28 weeks weighing just 1.03lbs and with undeveloped eyes, lung, and skin, it was very risky to do the surgery. “There were many risks involved like respiratory distress syndrome, brain/lungs internal bleeding, feeding intolerance, developmental problems,” said Dr. Sanjay Gandhi who was part of the medical team. However, Thompson reported,
Despite the risks, the doctors made the decision to operate in the hospital’s intensive care unit, as moving the baby could have been life threatening.
Special miniaturised surgical equipment was used and the baby survived against all the odds.
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