Three-year-old undergoes rare surgery at JNMC

Aligarh : Three-year-old Ayesha Singh would always suffer a blue tinge to the skin and became tired with rapid breathing between feedings. She sweated excessively and was not gaining weight. The girl, who underwent a six-hour long rare surgery for a congenital anomaly of heart condition at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will now grow up like any other normal child. Thanks to the free-of-cost treatment under the Rashtriya Bal Swathya Karyakram (RBSK) scheme that came to the rescue of the parents of the girl from Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh.


“We first went to private hospitals that were charging exorbitant fees and later to some government speciality centres—where there were endless waiting rows. We are content that the successful surgery at JNMC will allow our only child to grow in good health”, said the Ayesha’s parents.


Prof Mohd Azam Haseen (Chairman, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery) who supervised the surgery said: “Dr MayankYadav, Dr Shamayal Rabbani and Dr Sartaj Guroo successfully repaired the child’s great vessels that were inverted with a hole in heart and pulmonary valve stenosis, the narrowing of the valve located between the lower right heart chamber and the lung arteries”.


He added: “At the JNMC, our team of surgeons, doctors and paediatric cardiologists have conducted a number of interventional procedures and surgeries for congenital heart conditions. Many of them are children who have been direct beneficiaries of the RBSK scheme, offering free treatment to children for various ailments.”


Dr Mayank Yadav said, a multitude of complex cardiac defects got treated at JNMC—including some very rare and difficult cases.


Over 300 free cardiac surgeries have been conducted under the RBSK scheme, said Dr Shamayal Rabbani.


Dr ShaadAbqari (Nodal Officer, Inter-departmental Pediatric Cardiac Centre- IPCC) and his colleague Dr Moaz Kidwai who did the diagnosis of the patient after she was referred by the specialists at the District Early Intervention Centre (DEIC) said that despite the long list which of patients at the JNMC, surgeries are been timely done.


“JNMC doctors have treated a large number of children with congenital heart conditions alongside adult patients. I thank our doctors, nurses and the support staff who have ensured these patients walk out of hospital in the best of health after successful recovery,” said AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor.


Prof Rakesh Bhargava (Dean, Faculty of Medicine) and Prof Shahid Ali Siddiqui (Principal, JNMC) said, most of the children undergoing interventional procedures and surgeries at JNMC are from poor families and the free-cost surgeries under the RBSK scheme have been a boon for them.


Dr Dipti Channa was the cardiac anesthetist, while Dr Sabir Ali Khan managed the perfusion status of the patient.


Pediatric intensivists, Dr Farog and Dr Asma took the post operative care of the kid. Dr Mehtab Ahmad conducted the Cardiac CT.


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