Doctors at a Delhi hospital displayed their dedication to patient-centric care and expertise in scientific excellence throughout the present pandemic by instantly responding to an emergency case of a pre-term baby born with an entire congenital heart block.
At the time of delivery, baby Bhavishya’s heart was beating 40 instances a minute as in comparison with 140-160 instances a minute of a wholesome newborn. The delivery of the baby befell in one other hospital in New Delhi and because the well being of the baby began deteriorating, the daddy was suggested to take the baby to a pediatric cardiac centre.
The father contacted Dr. Gaurav Kumar, Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute. Under the steering of him and Dr. Sushil Azad, Principal Consultant Pediatric Cardiology, preparations have been made for this critically sick baby to be shifted to FEHI.
After thorough analysis and stabilization of the baby by a crew of doctors at FEHI, he was taken up for permanent pacemaker implant at midnight. Complete congenital heart block is a uncommon situation occurring in 1 in 20,000 births.
Such circumstances are difficult as a result of these infants are generally born preterm with low delivery weight, their heart invariably features poorly, and so they have a poor likelihood of survival if emergency intervention is just not carried out. In such infants, all procedures together with anesthesia and surgical procedure pose a really excessive danger.
Dr. Gaurav Kumar stated, “It was late evening when we received a call from another hospital regarding baby Bhavishya. We knew that the baby was in real danger and made immediate arrangements for safe transfer of the baby to Fortis Escorts Heart institute.”
He added, “On arrival, the baby was found to have a very poor heart and lung function. The case was technically challenging as the baby was pre-term and low birth weight and operating upon a newborn always involves a lot of associated risks. We decided to go ahead with the surgery at night itself because it was unlikely the baby would have survived till morning.”
Father of Bhavishya, Pravin Kumar, Assistant Sub Inspector in CRPF stated, “I am very grateful to the staff of Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, especially Dr. Gaurav Kumar and Dr. Sushil Azad, who looked after my baby with great care, while his mother was admitted in another hospital.”
“The world came crashing down on us when we first heard about our baby’s health. Without any delay, they suggested us to move the baby to FEHI and it was the right decision that we made. I would really like to appreciate the efforts put in by the whole team at FEHI and ensured a safe and healthy environment amidst the pandemic.”
Dr. Sushil Azad stated that working upon a pre-term baby affected by an entire congenital heart-block entails plenty of danger associated to sustaining full care of different very important organs and defending these infants from an infection particularly throughout this covid pandemic.
“This surgery was only possible due to the multidisciplinary approach adopted by our team and we are happy to see how the baby has responded post the surgery”.