AIIMS Delhi performs successful balloon dilation on grape-sized baby heart in womb

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The rare procedure performed by the team of doctors at AIIMS Delhi has received praise from many prominent figures, including the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. In a tweet, he lauded the doctors for their “dexterity and innovation” and expressed pride in their efforts. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya also congratulated the team of doctors for their successful procedure, wishing the well-being of the baby and the mother.

The procedure, which involved performing balloon dilation in the heart of a grape-sized fetus inside the mother’s womb, was done under ultrasound guidance. The team of interventional cardiologists and fetal medicine specialists performed the procedure in just 90 seconds, which was timed and verified by the senior doctor who led the operation.

Despite the success of the procedure, the doctors emphasized the risks involved in performing it and the importance of performing it with utmost care. They explained that the procedure had to be done quickly and precisely under ultrasound guidance, as any mistake could endanger the life of the fetus.

The team of doctors from the Department of Cardiology & Cardiac Anesthesia, along with the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Fetal medicine) of AIIMS, reported that both the fetus and the mother are doing well after the procedure. They are closely monitoring the growth of the heart chambers to determine the baby’s future management, and hope that the procedure will result in a better-developed heart and less severe heart disease at birth.

Fetal heart conditions are often difficult to diagnose and treat, and the ability to perform such a delicate procedure in the mother’s womb can be a lifesaving intervention for the baby.

The procedure also underscores the importance of regular prenatal check-ups and timely diagnosis of any fetal abnormalities. It allows for appropriate planning and management of the pregnancy, ensuring the best possible outcome for both mother and child.

Prime Minister Modi’s praise for the doctors involved in this groundbreaking procedure also highlights the crucial role played by healthcare professionals in society. Their tireless efforts and dedication to their patients are truly admirable and have the power to change lives for the better.

Overall, the success of this rare and challenging procedure highlights the skill and dedication of the medical professionals at AIIMS Delhi, and serves as a reminder of the critical importance of medical innovation and progress in improving healthcare outcomes.


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