State Times News KATRA: A team of Cardio-Vascular and Thoracic Surgeons from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital (SMVDNSH) gave new lease of life to 10 children suffering from congenital heart diseases. All the 10 surgeries were open heart surgeries. All the children were from different regions of Jammu and Kashmir such as Kathua, Sunderbani, Reasi and Jammu with one case each from Bihar and Ludhiana. They were in the age group of 2-16 years. Five were male and five were female children. They reported to SMVDNSH for their cardiac surgeries on diagnosis of their ailments. A team of experts which includes Cardiac Surgeon, Cardiologist, Pediatric Anesthesiologist, Pediatric intensivist, Pediatric perfusion scientist, Physiotherapist, Nursing staff and other paramedical staff under the supervision of Dr Sumit J Modi, performed these open heart surgeries on the children. Elaborating about the surgeries, Dr Sumit J Modi, Consultant- Cardiac Surgery,Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital (SMVDNSH), said, “There is no better reward than saving a life. It is always a challenge to do surgeries over children considering the complex nature of the open heart surgeries. Each of these caseswas different from one another. We as a team, collectively put together best efforts to treat these children and we are happy that we were able to save their lives.” Dr (Brig) Man Mohan Harjai, Chief Administrative Officer, SMVDNSH, said, “Jammu and Kashmir has lack of proper healthcare facilities especially for cardiac care and hence the needy patients and their families suffer through physical, psychological and economic distress. Narayana Hrudayalaya Group and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Trust came together to build a tertiary care Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital with world class cardiac care facilities and other medical facilities for the needy people of Jammu and Kashmir. The hospital is committed to provide the healthcare services with affordable prices.” Dr. Sumit J Modi Stated that the magnitude of congenital heart disease is enormous (8-10 children in every 1000 children born). The estimated number of children born with congenital heart disease in India is more than 200,000 per year and resources are limited. Of these, about one-fifth are likely to have serious defect, requiring a treatment in the first year of life. Currently advanced cardiac care is available to only a minority of such children. He further added that by doing cardiac surgery at appropriate age, child will have improvement in survival, reduced extent of disability, better quality of life. It also enables all children to achieve their full potential.
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