Pune: Under Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MJPJAY), city-based Sahyadri Hospitals recently completed 500 paediatric cardiac interventions.
Discussing a recent complex case, Dr Pankaj Sugaonkar, paediatric cardiologist, said that we conduct regular screening camps outside Pune especially in Marathwada to reach out to needy patients.
“We screen about 200 patients in a day and perform 150 echos. Based on the screening report, we guide these patients to visit the hospital as per their condition and criticality. After scrutinising their documents such as id proof, income proof and yellow ration cards, these surgeries are done free of charge,” said Sugaonkar.
He also added that recently a two-year-old baby girl, Ayushi Patil, weighing nine kg was brought to the hospital with a recurring cough and cold.
“She was diagnosed with 9mm Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), unable to walk and was not gaining weight. Her situation was significantly challenging. PDA is a congenital heart condition that affects blood flow in child’s heart and in case the blood flow isn’t efficient, child’s heart and lungs have to work harder. We closed the PDA and the patient was discharged within a week’s time,” said Dr Sugaonkar.
“In the second case, a two-year-old male child weighing 8 kg was diagnosed with 14 mm ASD (Atrial Septal Defect), a hole between the two upper chambers of the heart. For closing this hole, the doctor placed a special device in the child’s heart by catheterisation. This was a significantly large balloon and therefore we had to assist the device with 18 mm balloon. After the treatment, the patient was stable and discharged the next day,” added Dr Sugaonkar.
Dr Rajesh Kaushish from the hospital said that due to the low weight of these babies, such cases become more critical and the patients have to go through the complicated Interventions.
“It’s a case of a two-year-old girl from Rahuri, who was diagnosed with a hole in her heart after she was born. While examining her exact situation in the chest x-ray, their family doctor asked them to go for 2D echo specialist at Kopargaon. The specialist informed the family that there is a 7.5 mm hole in the patient’s heart and she should be immediately operated upon. Without wasting time, the family approached us for the operation and our team successfully handled the case,” said Dr Kaushish.
Sahyadri Hospitals have organised a free ‘Heart Screening Camp’ for children between July 1 to July 15 at Sahyadri Speciality Hospital Deccan Gymkhana.