Complicated pediatric heart surgery canceled

ISLAMABAD:

Maroof International Hospital successfully performed its first pediatric cardiothoracic surgery on a six-month-old child.

The child had a hole in the septum that separates the two lower chambers of the heart, also known as a ventricular septal defect, Maroof Hospital spokeswoman Rubina Afzal said in an interview with the authorities. media Friday.

This defect allowed oxygen-rich blood to seep into the oxygen-poor blood chambers of the patient’s heart. A small hole can close on its own, but this little baby hole required surgery.

The operation was conducted by Dr. Mahim Akmal Malik, Diplomate American Boards of General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery and Congenital Cardiac Surgery. The child was discharged after 72 hours of speedy recovery, she added.

Rubina said that since June 2022, Maroof Hospital has started performing open heart operations, valve repairs and procedures on infants, children and adolescents.

A team of qualified foreign pediatric cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons was supported by doctors, intensivists, nurses and anesthesiologists, led by pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Mahim and pediatric intensivist Dr Muhammad Tariq Jamil, she said. added.

Sharing details, Dr Mahim said congenital heart defects are quite different from common types of heart disease in adults, as repairing hearts in small bodies presents an additional challenge.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 16e2022.