Hyderabad, 15th February 2023: Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Hospital (AIMSR, Apollo Medical College) commemorated World Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day – 14th February 2023; by reaching the spectacular milestone of 150 Pediatric cardiac procedures and surgeries performed for congenital heart defects in the last one year alone, at the Apollo Medical College, Hyderabad.
Congenital heart defect (CHD) is the most common type of birth defect, 1 out of 100 infants are impacted by this. 25% of the CHDs require surgery or a procedure within the baby’s first year of life. More than 90% of children with CHD live into adulthood.
The team of pediatric specialists at Apollo Medical College, involved in achieving this humongous landmark, Dr. Sri Krishna, Head of Department of Pediatrics; Dr Amol Gupta, Pediatric Cardiologist; Dr Meena Trehan, Pediatric Anesthetist and Intensivist and Dr Sunil Kumar Swain, Paediatric Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeon; were felicitated on the occasion. The parent Mr. Kuruva Sri Ramulu & Mrs. Uma Devi of the 150th child Master Kuruva Manoj, a 2 years 8 months boy who had been discharged from the Pediatric ICU, from Arikera village, Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh; were also felicitated on the occasion. This baby boy was suffering from a rare condition caused by a combination of four heart defects that are present at birth. Tetralogy of Fallot defects causes oxygen-poor blood to flow out of the heart and into the rest of the body. Risk factors include a viral illness such as rubella (German measles) during pregnancy, maternal alcoholism or a family history of the condition and were treated for the same by performing a critical ICR – Complete Repair of Tetralogy of Fallot, and he had recovered well and was discharged.
Apollo Medical College marked World Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day by hosting a Congenital Awareness Walk, early in the morning, to raise awareness about congenital heart problems and the need to detect them early, for the child to lead a normal life. The College conducted a Continuous Medical Education program to build awareness in the medical fraternity about congenital heart disease and the paramount importance of early detection.