New lease of life for Pakistani teen in Chennai suffering from heart failure

  • | Tuesday | 13th August, 2019

By Express News ServiceCHENNAI: Doctors at Fortis Malar Hospital recently implanted Heartware Ventricular Assist Device, a mechanical heart pump, in a 14-year-old girl from Pakistan, who was suffering from heart failure and was wait-listed for heart transplant. According to a release, “The procedure was conducted by a team of expert doctors led by Dr KR Balakrishnan, Director, Cardiac Sciences, Fortis Malar Hospital. But due to long duration of wait list, as heart was unavailable, doctors again decided to implant long Heartware Ventricular Device (HVAD), a mechanical pump,” the release said. “A Left Ventricular Assist Device is a mechanical pump that is implanted inside a person’s chest to help a weakened heart pump blood. “In Ayesha’s case, heart transplant option is still open,” the release quoted Dr KG Suresh Rao, Head, Critical Care, Fortis Malar Hospital.

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