11 Months Nigerian Infant Suffering a Rare Congenital Disorder Underwent Heart Surgery at Medanta

An infant just 11-months old suffering from truncus arteriosus, a rare congenital disorder recently underwent a rare heart surgery at Gurgaon hospital. Medanta doctors at the press conference revealed the baby Mathew Miller was suffering from a complex congenital heart defect. There exists a hole in the center of the heart along with a congenital disorder. They further elaborated that in the patients suffering from truncus arteriosus there is a single artery which arises from the two ventricles which in turn give rise to both pulmonary and aortic vessels. Another major complication seen in the case of baby Mathew Miller was that the valve at the origin of the dilated vessel was severely narrow.

A team of four multi-disciplinary doctors headed by Dr Anil Bhan working as the cardiovascular surgeon at Medanta, the Medicity were introduced to the actual challenges with baby’s arrival in the hospital. Dr Munesh Tomar a senior consultant pediatric cardiology, Medanta said “We had studied the case files that had been sent through emails. But we didn’t expect a host of other complexities. We were shocked to see the child who was severely underweight (6.7 kg) compared to a normal one-year-old who would weigh around 10kg”. Seeing the severity of the case the baby had to be operated for both highly conditions at the same time. For curing the disorder the doctors had to replace the aorta, the largest artery of the heart.

The parents of baby Miller told doctors that he was detected with this disorder after two months of his birth. They further contributed that “Mathew would hardly eat due to which he lost a lot of weight too. I had also been to the church where the pastor told me that my son was safe and he would not die.”

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