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Chennai, 5th September 2019: A team of doctors at Fortis Malar Hospital led by Dr. NandKumar Sundaram, Senior Consultant, Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon, Fortis Malar Hospital successfully performed a minimally invasive Proximal Femoral Nail (PFN) procedure on 93-year-old Mr. Aravamudhan who walked on the same day, 6 hours after the procedure.
The patient was brought to the emergency room after an accidental fall with pain over the right hip and inability to walk. On examination, the patient was diagnosed with a right hip fracture. The patient was taken up for surgery on the same day after consultation with the team of doctors including the Cardiologist and the Nephrologist. Expert care was taken for the nonagenarian patient, keeping in mind his co-morbid conditions that included cardiac failure, renal failure, diabetes mellitus, hypertension and hypothyroidism. Mr. Aravamudhan responded exceptionally well after the procedure and was on his feet in no time.
Commenting on the procedure, Dr. NandKumar Sundaram said “As Mr. Aravamudhan was an aged patient, we right away took him to surgery after consultation with the team of doctors as a delay in 2 to 3 days could cause them distress and loss of will power. It is very important that the patient stays positive and believes in the procedure as it is one of the key factors in the overall process. It usually takes more than2 days for someone to walk after such an operation but despite his age, Mr. Aravamudhan was able to walk on the same day. Operating on elderly patients requires skill and precision as it is imperative to ensure that physical activity is not curtailed at their age. Aware of the patient’s medical history, the 35 minute surgery involved skilful anaesthetic expertise as well.”
Happy with the quick recovery, Mr. Aravamudhan expressed “I was unable to walk and my hip hurt. I was also very nervous about the operation and read a lot about hip operations and was expecting a long recovery but I couldn’t believe that I could walk on the same day post the procedure. It’s really fantastic.”
Itanagar, 1st September 2019: A team of senior doctors from Fortis Malar Hospital successfully conducted a heart and lung transplant on a 23-year-old woman from Roing in Arunachal Pradesh. The patient, named Mumni Tayeng, was diagnosed with Eisenmenger’s syndrome. She is the first person from Arunachal Pradesh to receive heart and lung transplants. This clinical feat was achieved by an enterprising team of expert doctors led by Dr. K R Balakrishnan, Director, Cardiac Sciences and Dr. Suresh Rao KG, Head of Department, Critical Care & Cardiac Anaesthesia, Fortis Malar Hospital.
Ms. Mumni Tayeng had complaints of breathlessness and was often admitted for treatment. As complications kept prolonging, her condition did not improve. She had repeated episodes of breathlessness. With severe exhaustion and fatigue, her physical activities got restricted. Her skin was blue when she was brought to Fortis Malar Hospital. After close examination, it was diagnosed that she is suffering from Eisenmenger’s syndrome - a heart defect that causes a hole to develop between two chambers of the heart which thereby causes abnormal circulation of blood in the heart and lungs. A heart and lung transplant were strongly recommended by the team of doctors post-in-depth medical diagnosis.
Barring all odds and prevailing challenges, Mumni Tayeng became the first heart and lung transplant recipient in Arunachal Pradesh. The transplant surgery was also partially funded by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh under Chief Minister’s Assistance Scheme.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. K R Balakrishnan mentioned “A heart-lung transplant is a complex procedure which carries a high-risk element in terms of execution and post-operative treatment. Amidst the worsening complications, we had to work towards setting it right in terms of the transplantation as well as helping Mumni cope with steady recovery post the procedure. We appreciate the bold spirit and courage of Mumni who have endured this procedure and co-operated with us during the procedure. Eventually, both the transplanted organs responded very well with great efficiency and effectiveness.”
Expressing delight over the success of this feat, the mother of the patient said “We are extremely thankful to Dr. K R Balakrishnan and his team at Fortis Malar for their hard work and dedication during the surgery. We express our sincere thanks to the donor’s family for helping us at this crucial moment of my daughter’s life. I hope our story would create more awareness and instill confidence in the hearts of many such patients to consider transplant surgeries in the future. I want my daughter to complete her studies and become a teacher to inspire as well as enlighten many lives.”