December 22, 2012

Anushka, a 3 month old baby presented to us with severe LV dysfunction. The EF (pumping power of the heart) was only 15%. The child was having an acute myocardial infarction due to ALCAPA (anomalous origin of the left coronary from the pulmonary artery). This was identified and diagnosis confirmed by our pediatric cardiologist, Dr Muthukumaran. The ASHF and the SACHI trust contributed to the child as she needed emergency surgery. The team went ahead with the surgery on a Sunday. The child had an uneventful and well-executed surgery by Dr Neville Solomon and Dr Ganapathy and team. However, the child had a prolonged ICU stay and required tracheostomy as the heart took time to recover from the preoperative damage. The child finally recovered and was discharged after a month. The photo shows the child coming for follow-up with heart showing signs of recovery. A big thank you to the cardiologists (Dr Muthukumaran, Dr Prasad Manne), anaesthetists (Dr Shapna, Dr Sriram), Intensivists (Dr Suchitra and team), Perfusionists (Mr Sundara Rajan, Senthil), PA (Ms Kothai) and the entire team of doctors, nurses and technicians for sending home the child alive and well. Our gratitude to the Apollo Children’s Hospital management (admin and finance) for the all the support provided.