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8-Month-Old Baby Daniel from Nigeria Shines after VSD Closure Surgery in India

Baby Daniel Achan Sumfat is an 8 months old, happy and cheerful child from Nigeria. Shortly after he was born, he had certain abnormal cardiac signs. He was unable to breathe normally. As there were worrisome for the parents, they thought of consultation with a pediatric cardiologist in Nigeria. The doctor ordered some of the cardiac investigations like ECG, which revealed that there was a hole in the ventricles of his heart, medically known as Ventricular Septal Defect. Daniel was put on certain medications such as captopril and sildenafil to control his blood pressure which could have risen due to the ventricular defect.


A Ventricular Septal Defect is a congenital defect that manifests as a hole in the heart.  The hole is present in one of the heart walls that separates the lower chambers and allow the blood to flow from the left to the right side of the heart. A small defect may go on untreated, but larger defects need surgery. After continuing the medications for a few months, the parents decided to give it a permanent full and look out for the best pediatric cardiac surgery hospitals in India. During their search, they found out about Vaidam Health and posted their query on the website. Within a few days, the family was all set to visit India for the surgery at Fortis Escort Heart Institute, New Delhi. The team helped them to get a Visa Invitation Letter from the hospital and also file a visa to India. Finally, the patient arrived on 20th November 2018.


Baby Daniel Achan Sumfat, Nigeria, VSD Closure Surgery, FEHI New Delhi


After their airport pickup, the appointment for scheduled with Dr. KS Iyer at the hospital. Dr. Iyer is amongst the best pediatric cardiac surgeons in India, known for his immense experience of nearly 10,000 surgeries on pediatric patients. A detailed case history, physical examination, and further cardiac investigations were carried out to confirm the diagnosis and create a treatment plan. Soon after, the surgery date was fixed. VSD closure surgery usually involves taking a patch of tissue from the lining that covers the heart and sewing it over the defect. It is done under the general anesthesia.


Eventually, the surgery was performed, which went on successfully. The patient was kept under observation for nearly 10 days and then discharged from the hospital. The parents had a detailed session with the doctor about precautions to taken post the surgery. Daniel recovered well from the surgery and went back home with a smile of good health on his face.


Vaidam health wishes Daniel a long and healthy life ahead.   


Author Name
Dr. Kavreen Arora

Published Date
: 19-Feb-2019

Dr. Kavreen Arora

Dr. Kavreen studied medicine and actively practised for few years before she decided to share her knowledge through medical blogs and articles. Since then, Dr. Kavreen has written several articles about the recent advances in various medical treatments, life expectancies, and the best hospitals & doctors across the nation. 

She is a keen observer and likes to keep herself updated with the new technologies. She is an avid reader and an earnest writer in the medical field.

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