Complex heart surgery performed on Pakistani in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: A complicated heart surgery was performed on a 39-year-old Pakistani at a private hospital in Bengaluruand saved him from a life-threatening situation, a hospital official said on Friday.

"Though Anwar (name changed) was initially treated in his native city (Karachi) for back and chest pain in 2008, he had a history of hypertension, jeopardising his young life," Jain Institute of Vascular Sciences (Jivas) direcctor and vascular surgeon K.R. Suresh said in a statement here.

A CT scan, however, revealed Anwar's heart had an artery that supplies blood to vital organs split into two, affecting blood supply to other parts of the body.

"He (Anwar) was given the option of going to the US or Bengaluru. He came to us on November 9 for treatement as his life was at stake, as the scan confirmed a spiral split in the blood supply," said Suresh.

The split involved both arteries supplying the intestines and kidneys were shrunken from lack of blood supply.

A team of doctors, including Vivekananda, Visnu and Sumanth Raj performed the surgery after providing alternate route for supplying blood to intestines and fix a stent graft to prevent blood leaking.

"In the first stage, a bypass was made to intestines and liver with artificial graft from left leg's arteries. Anwar recovered well to have a stent graft inserted in a week through a small incision in the right groin," said Suresh.

Recovering from a life-saving surgery swiftly, Anwar is having a normal diet, taking long walks and raring to return home soon.

Jivas is part of Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Hospital here.

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