MGM Healthcare, a multi-specialty hospital in Chennai announced that it had successfully performed a lifesaving cardiac intervention procedure for a 27-week preterm baby. The smallest baby in the country to undergo this procedure. The procedure has been made possible by Cardiologists Dr. Rajesh Kumar and Dr. Ramyashri under the leadership of Dr. KR Balakrishnan, Chairman & Director of the Heart and Lung Transplant Program at MGM Healthcare.
The preterm baby, weighing 750 grams was struggling for life in ventilation for almost one month since birth in the Neonatal ICU in Chennai. The baby had a one large congenital heart defect called PDA which required closure for survival. According to the doctors it is done to a baby weighing 2kg. The procedure happened with special device involving new technology.