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3-year-old treated with double root translocation surgery

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NEW DELHI: A team of doctors has successfully diagnosed and operated upon a three-year-old boy from Safapora, Ganderbal, in Kashmir, who was suffering from a rare condition, the Fortis Hospital said in a statement on April 13, 2018.

Aasim had been sick since his birth. Due to a blocked blood vessel, the oxygen concentration in his blood was mere 52%, as against 100%, resulting in his body turning blue.

Mohd Aasim had a large hole in his heart since his birth. His aorta and pulmonary artery were coming out of the wrong chamber, the statement said.

The team of doctors was led by Dr Vijay Agarwal, Director, Paediatric Surgery, Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon. The team successfully operated upon the patient using Double Root Translocation (DRT) surgery method.

Dr Agarwal said, “The eight-hour-long operation and post-op recovery of the patient was smooth. He came out of the ventilator only five hours after being shifted from the ICU.”

He said, “The next day, his oxygen concentration was restored to 100 per cent.”

During the admission, an echo and CT evaluation was conducted, after which a decision was taken in favour of the complicated surgery, in consultation with his family who were briefed about the risks involved.

The successful surgery supported by the joint initiative of Fortis Foundation, Radha Mohan Mehrotra Medical Relief Trust (RMMMRT) and Rotary Club of Delhi-East End to provide free treatment for children from economically weaker sections.

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