Udupi: An eleven day old baby was successfully operated by a team of Kasturba Hospital doctors led by Dr Aravind Bishnoi, CTVS Surgeon to correct an abnormality identified as Transposition of Great Arteries (TGA), a serious defect in the heart. The baby is recovering well and the parents are extremely happy with the operation and care given at the hospital.
The baby was delivered in a hospital in Udupi and the parents observed that the child had difficulty in breathing and also had rapid heart rate and cool and moist skin. The treating doctors then referred the child for further treatment. The baby was just one day old when he was brought for treatment to Dr Leslie Lewis Neonatologist at Neonatal ICU at Kasturba Hospital.
On diagnosis it was identified as TGA by Interventional Cardiologist Dr Padmakumar. A condition which occurs due to abnormal development of the fetal heart during the first eight weeks of pregnancy. The large vessels that carry blood from the heart to the lungs, and to the body are connected in a "swapped" manner. The Oxygen saturation was less and this was well taken care at the sophisticated Neonatal ICU.