A premature baby boy born at just 28 weeks stunned doctors when he became the smallest infant ever to survive heart surgery. According to the Daily Mail, the high-risk procedure on the infant recently took place at Geetanjali Medical College & Hospital in Eklingpura, India.
Weighing just one pound and measuring the length of palm at birth, the newborn boy was unable to be touched due to underdeveloped eyes, lungs, and skin. Additionally, he suffered from a heart condition known as Patent Ductus Arteriosus, which involves the two major blood vessels of the heart being connected, leading to breathing problems.
Doctors decided to operate on the child after medication failed to remedy the condition, and the procedure was performed with specially-sized surgical equipment in the intensive care unit, as the boy was too weak and fragile to be moved.
“There were many risks involved like respiratory distress syndrome, brain/lungs internal bleeding, feeding intolerance, developmental problems,” said Dr. Sanjay Gandhi, a physician involved with the surgery.
Despite the risks, the two-week-old boy pulled through, and is continuing to recover and grow. The child’s father, identified by the Daily Mail as SP Jain, is overjoyed with gratitude.
“He is so brave that he has survived so many odds with such low weight,” Jain said. “Our prayers have been answered.”
(H/T: The Daily Mail)
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