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8-year-old Baramulla gets new lease of life, courtesy Indian Army doctors

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New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) The Indian Army, under Operation Sadbhavna, brought a boy, suffering from a heart ailment and whose family was incapable of affording treatment, from Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla to Delhi, where army doctors gave him a new lease of life, an official statement said.The boy had a critical narrowing of the aorta (blood vessel supplying pure blood to all the parts of the body), resulting in compromised blood supply to a few vital organs of the body as well as reduced function of the heart, as per Defence Ministry statement.The paediatric cardiology team of the Armed Forces Medical Services successfully performed a high-risk transcatheter (non-surgical) life-saving cardiac procedure on the boy at the Army Hospital (Research and Referral) here.This challenging complex procedure was done through a small nick in the groin and involved the implantation of a large stent. It was an extremely life-threatening complicated procedure. However, it went off uneventfully and the child was discharged in just three days post-procedure without even a scar on the body.With the collaborative efforts of the Army Hospital (R and R), the Chinar Corps and Dagger Division in J&K, and the Indrani Balan Foundation, Pune, the boy will now lead a fully normal life in the future.Expertise in performing such a complex procedure is available only at a few centres in the country, including the Army Hospital (R and R) here, as per the statement.–IANSgcb/vd

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