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Successful open heart surgery for children begins in state: Dr Debasish Basu


BY TC News Desk

Agartala, June 28, 2023: A ten-year old boy named Akash Das, son of Milu Shukla Das, hailing from Udaipur was suffering from heart disease since birth. On May 31, 2023, Akash’s congenital heart disease was detected in a congenital heart disease detection camp organized under the National Child Health Program at the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Agartala Government Medical College and GB Hospital. It turns out he had a major birth defect called an Atrial Septal Defect, which caused the red and black blood in the right and left atrium of his heart to mix and flow in the wrong direction. He was panting easily. Also, she was suffering from breathing problems and chest palpitations since birth. After the diagnosis of heart disease, the cardiac surgery team of GB Hospital decided to operate on him. Accordingly, on June 23 last, Agartala Government Medical College and GB Hospital’s Cardiac Surgeon Dr Kanak Narayan Bhattacharya conducted an open heart surgery on Akash Das in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Department, GB Hospital. His four-hour long open heart surgery was successfully completed. This is the first successful open heart surgery for children in the state. Currently, the child’s physical condition is stable and he is breathing normally. Also eating light food. He is expected to make a full recovery in the next few days.

Apart from Dr. Kanak Narayan Bhattacharya, Cardiac Anesthesiologist Dr Monimoy Debbarma, Dr Surjit Pal, Dr Rimi Ghosh, Perfusionist Sujan Sahu, Sudipta Mondal, Ratan Mondal, Joydeep Chakraborty, Amrit Murasingh, Scrub Nurse Arpita Sarkar, Saurabh Shil, Annabahadur Jamatia, ICU Nurse Satyajit Debnath, Minhaj Uddin, Agraful Goldar etc. were present in this successful surgery.

Akash Das successfully underwent open heart surgery for congenital heart disease free of charge as a beneficiary of the Rashtriya Child Health Programme. This poor family benefited from the medical services under the National Child Health Program under the National Health Mission. Credit goes to the entire team of Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Agartala Government Medical College and GB Hospital for performing this first successful open heart surgery free of cost in the state under the Rashtriya Bal Health Programme.

The secretary of the Health and Family Welfare Department Dr Debasish Basu gave this information in a press conference held at the National Health Mission headquarters in Palace Compound here. Dr Basu was accompanied by the Mission Director of National Health Mission Subhashis Das, Cardiac Surgeon Dr Kanak Narayan Bhattacharya, State Nodal Officer of RBSK Dr Sanjoy Rudra Pal, Medical Officer of RBSK and Surgical Team of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Department of GB Hospital were present in the press conference among others.

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