Sahyadri Hospitals records 500 Paediatric Cardiac Interventions under Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana

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Pune 29 June 2018: Reiterating it’s commitment to the needy patients, Sahyadri Hospitals recently crossed an important milestone of 500 paediatric cardiac interventions (devise closures) under Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MJPJAY). Pushing the bar of possibilities and making it possible for its patients, Sahyadri Hospitals is going extra miles to ensure patients with otherwise no reprieve get back on recovery track. Started in April 2014 within four years, Sahyadri has completed more than 4000 heart surgeries and more than 500 Paediatric Cardiac surgeries and 500 Paediatric Cardiac Interventions under MJPJAY mentioned Dr Ketan Apte, Business Head Sahyadri Hospitals Sahyadri Super speciality Hospital Deccan Gymkhana, Nagar Road and Hadapsar.

To elaborate more on this milestone, Dr. Pankaj Sugaonkar, Pediatric Cardiologist, Dr. Shantanu Shastri – Cardiac Anaesthetist, Consultant Cardio-Thoracic Surgeons, Dr. Rajesh Kaushish, Dr. Sandip Tadas and Dr Mahendra Bafna from Sahyadri Hospitals were also present on the dais.

Discussing on a recent complex case Dr. Pankaj Sugaonkar said, “We conduct regular screening camps outside Pune especially in Marathwada to reach out to such patients. We screen about 200 patients in a day and perform 150 echos. Based on the screening report, we guide these patients to visit Sahyadri Hospitals as per their condition and criticality. After scrutinising their documents such as id proof, income proof and yellow ration card these surgeries are done free of charge.”

“Recently a two year old baby girl, Ayushi Patil weighing 9 kg was brought to the Hospital with 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 incase 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. The second case of a two year old male child weighing 8 kg was diagnosed with 14mm 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 child’s heart by catheterization. This was a significantly large balloon and therefore we had to assist the device with 18mm balloon. After the treatment, patient was stabilized and discharged next


,” added Dr Pankaj Sugaonkar.

Both these cases were technically and overall challenging however our device closure success rate has been 100% while heart surgery success rate has been 97%. The credit for the success of such cases goes to the team of surgeons, paediatricians, anaesthetists and support staff mentioned Dr. Sugaonkar.

Dr. Rajesh Kaushish said that due to low weight of these babies, such cases become more critical and the patients have to go through the complicated Interventions. He added, “It’s a case of two years old girl Majusha Harde from Rahuri, who was diagnosed with a hole in her heart after she was born. While examining her exact situation in chest x-ray, family doctor of Harde asked them to go for 2D echo specialist at Kopargaon. The specialist informed the family that there is a 7.5mm hole in patient’s heart and she should be immediately operated. Without wasting any time, the family approached us for the operation and our team successfully handled the case.

Sharing critical case details of a very weak baby girl child who was suffering from heart-related problems Dr. Sandip Tadas said, “The child was in very critical condition as her weight was just 4800 grams at the age of 1 year. Since her low immune system, the child was suffering from cough and cold, vomiting, indigestion and continuously drops down in her weight. When her parents visited to the paediatrician, the doctor disclosed about her heart-related problems. She was also having trouble in breathing. The family was worried seeing her state and their economic condition. They approached Sahyadri and came to me for suggestion and treatment. We admitted the child and took decision of performing surgery on her. After operation the baby was kept under observation in ICU for 24 hours and discharged a week later .

All these cases are clear example of Sahyadri moving on the path to be a synonym with possibilities so that no patient loses hope in any complex situations.

Dr. Shantanu Shashtri, mentioned that be it case of Manjusha, Ayushi Patil or Viraj Khude, timely treatment was required for these patients. In cases of large Perimembranous ventricular septal defects (VSD) with severe PAH, early surgery is very necessary. Post-surgery, proper medication is required which can bring the lung pressure to normal level. In complex case of congenital heart disease, we perform intra cardiac repair on patients with underweight, underdeveloped immune mechanism and with repeated infection in past.

Dr Ketan Apte added that we will continue to do Interventions under MJPJAY so that patients from lower economic background could benefit. He also mentioned that the most satisfying aspect in these cases is that we make it possible for these parents who step out of the hospital with a good health of their child.

On this occasion, Sahyadri Hospitals is also organizing Free Heart Screening Camp for Children from 1st to 15th July at Sahyadri Speciality Hospital Deccan Gymkhana. During this camp there will be free consultation from Paediatric Cardiologist & Special discounts on investigations would offered. For More Information Please Call : 7768 003 753