Paediatric cardiac surgeries to plug holes in the heart were performed on Imran, 7, of Pullikal in Gadwal district in Telangana to rectify atrial septal defect (ASD) and on 11-month-old Aruna Teja of Ramatheertham in Banaganapalli in Kurnool district to rectify patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in Kurnool general hospital under NTR Vaidya Seva scheme and both recovered completely, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery C. Prabhakar Reddy asserted on Monday. Children with congenital heart ailments were undergoing paediatric cardiac surgeries in Kurnool general hospital, without their need to go all the way to Hyderabad, Dr. Prabhakar Reddy told the media in the hospital.
The minimally invasive cardiac surgery done in corporate hospitals at Hyderabad at a cost of around Rs. 6 lakh was being performed free of charge under NTR Vaidya Seva in Kurnool, he added. Seven-year-old Imran weighed about eight kgs and Aruna Teja weighed four kgs. The state-of-the-art cardiothoracic surgery wing has expert doctors, ventilators, round the clock supervision of doctors and anaesthetists, he said and appealed to patients not to believe rumours that the Government hospital lacked facilities, he said.