Doctors may operate on infant with protruding heart Thursday

September 1st, 2009 - 10:02 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 1 (IANS) Doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Tuesday said that the condition of the six-day-old baby with a protruding heart is “stable” and that they may perform a cardiac surgery on him Thursday.
“The baby is alright and we will perform a second exchange blood transfusion on the baby Wednesday to rule out any infection. We may do a cardiac surgery upon him Thursday,” A.K. Bisoi, a cardiologist and additional professor at the cardiothoracic and vascular surgery department of AIIMS, told IANS.

The doctor, who is in-charge of the five-member team looking into the case, said they are taking time to avoid any infection.

The infant boy was brought to the premier institute Friday by his father Chander Manjhi when he was just two days old.

Kept in the intensive cardiac care unit of the Cardio-Thoracic Sciences Centre, the infant Sunday night went through his first exchange blood transfusion as his blood was infected.

Bisoi said the infant is suffering from the “rarest of the rare heart defect” known as thoracic ectopia cordis, a malformation that occurs in five to nine cases in one million births. The mortality rate among these cases is very high.

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