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Solapur baby with multiple heart attacks healed at Rel hospital

FPJ Bureau | Updated on: Friday, May 31, 2019, 05:35 PM IST

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Mumbai: Aditi Galbale, a four-month-old baby from Barshi Village of Solapur, suffered nearly 20 heart attacks after getting diagnosed with a rare disease called Anomalous Left Coronary Artery from Pulmonary Artery (ALCAPA) in January.

The parents of the child had visited nearly eight doctors in Pune and Mumbai before admitting the child at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in the city on February 21. Following this, the child was successfully operated on February 22 and will now live a normal life.

Since mid-January the parents were feeling that something was seriously wrong as the baby would suffer from excessive sweating; she was also feeding poorly and would cry for long hours.

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Priti Gilbale (24), mother of the child, said, “Aditi was showing the symptoms of the disease but we never really understood what was wrong. But one day, when she cried incessantly for three hours, we rushed her to a child specialist.

Our doctor couldn’t detect the problem and finally a child specialist in Pune diagnosed that she is suffering from ALCAPA. We then moved to KEM Hospital in Mumbai but relatives recommended Reliance Hospital and we eventually admitted her there on February 21.”

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The doctors at the hospital noted that the child was breathing rapidly and crying incessantly when she was brought in. Dr Shivaprakash, chief surgeon and head of paediatric heart centre at the hospital, said, “When the child was brought in, we conducted an echocardiography and found that an abnormal artery was turning away most of the blood supply from the heart. In the case of a normal baby, pressures in the lungs normalize seven days after birth. But in Aditi’s case, the lesion diverted the pure blood, thereby severely reducing its supply to the heart and leading to frequent heart attacks.”

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Following this, a team of doctors performed a surgery that went on for nine hours wherein the artery was disconnected from its abnormal origin and was reimplanted in its right place in the aorta. Further, the area from where it was harvested was reconstructed with a patch of the tissue covering the baby’s heart.

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Dr Shreepal Jain, Paediatric Cardiologist at the hospital, said, “It is one of the rare diseases among children; 0.25% of children suffer from ALCAPA and nine out of 10 infants die before their first birthday. The reason is that the doctors fail to pick up the disease at an early stage and the ejection fraction (which determines how well your heart is pumping blood) comes down to five percent which becomes life-threatening. Therefore, the doctors should first check the weight of the child because in such cases the weight of the child is half of their ideal weight i.e. 800 gm.”

Pramod Gilbale, father of the child, said, “We are thankful to the doctors who put in their best efforts for our child. We have spent Rs 3.5 lakhs on the treatment but are happy that our child will live a normal life like any other child.”

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Published on: Thursday, March 03, 2016, 01:15 AM IST