Pakistani baby with rare heart disease treated in India

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ISLAMABAD: A team of doctors at Noida (India) gave a new lease of life to a three-year-old Pakistani child, who was suffering from a rare heart disease, found in one among 200,000 children.

According to a health news channel, Mohammad Bilal was suffering from Uhl's anomaly, a disease related to the right ventricle of the heart.

The muscles on the right chamber of his heart were weak and enlarged, which increased pressure on his heart's left chamber.

"As a result, the child's heart was not functioning properly and the pumped blood was unable to reach his lungs, resulting in high risk to his life," doctors said in statement on Friday.

Bilal was treated with the Fontan procedure and right ventricle exclusion from circulation method, a critical surgical procedure that took about five hours.

"Under this procedure, the entire blue blood of the child's body was pumped directly into his lungs through a tube and the right chamber of the heart is removed," the doctors said.

"Due to the prolonged illness, the child had become very weak; hence, he was kept on ventilator for four days post surgeryā€¯ they added.

The doctors further said that the child was also given medicines so that his body gained immunity and did not develop any infections.

Bilal was also given a high calorie, high protein and vitamin diet through feeding tube to ensure speedy recovery.

The three-year-old was discharged last week, the doctor informed.