As many as five critically ill children, including one from Mizoram with complex birth heart defects, were treated successfully by open heart surgery during a week-long Free Children Heart Surgery Camp at Sky Hospital in Imphal.
The camp was launched on September 4 by the Sky Hospital in partnerships with United Kingdom-based Healing Little Hearts and Manipur Heart Foundation. It was concluded on September 10.
Celebrating the successful treatment with removal of the last stitches from the five children on Thursday, a cake cutting ceremony was held at Sky Hospital in Imphal West.
Speaking to the media, chairman of Sky Hospital Dr L Shyamkishore, expressed his satisfaction and thanked the visiting Healing Little Hearts team and his staff for making the camp a grand success.
Stressing the need for early diagnosis and appropriate treatment to save a child with birth heart defects, he appealed to the parents to be aware of early signs and symptoms such as frequent coughing, sweating, bluish nails, blackening of lips, difficulty breathing and high pulse rate.
The complex heart defects which were treated successfully during the camp were AVCD (Atrio-Ventricular Canal Defect); VSD and ASD with severe pulmonary arterial hypertension and recurrent heart failure, large VSD and suprasystemic PA pressure with recurrent heart failure and pneumonia; Tetralogy of Fallot (ToF) and ToF with low body oxygen.
According to Shyamkishore, who is also the chief cardiologist of the hospital, the five children are recovering well with a new lease of life and will live a normal life.