Doctors perform first fetal heart surgery in India


Hyderabad_foetus_heart_surgery_650_31Oct14Doctors at Care Hospital in Hyderabad have reportedly performed a heart surgery on a fetus in a 25-year-old woman’s womb.

The cardiac surgeon, Nageswara Rao, told reporters in Hyderabad that in a medical feat, the surgery was the first to be carried out in India.

The doctors at the hospital said that they had to perform the heart surgery on the fetus to correct a serious condition that has no cure once the baby is born.

“At 25-26 weeks, the left ventricle started deteriorating, getting damaged and shrinking.We realised this is going to be a serious condition where the left side of the heart will be too small and not useful and it won’t be possible to perform surgery after birth,’’ Rao told the media.

He added that they decided to go for the procedure called “fetal aortal volvotomy’’. This first-of-its-kind surgery was performed by 12 specialists.

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