Eight Nigerian Children with Heart Disease undergo open heart surgery in India

Eight children from Nigeria suffering from congenital heart  disease were operated successfully through open heart surgery in India by peadiatric cardiac specialists at Innova Hospitals at Hyderabad in India, in early December 2012. Team Innova comprising of Dr. K. S. Murthy, Prof. I. M. Rao, Dr. K. V. Ramana, Dr. Gnanasekhar, Dr. Rama Krishna, Dr. Pankaj Kumar and Dr. Yogesh operated on the Nigerian kids. These surgeries were sponsored by MTN-Nigeria under a CSR initiative. The children hail from deprived families, one of them being an orphan. These children aged between 1 – 10 years were suffering from complex birth defects in the heart. Three of them were sick on arrival and were admitted in the ICU. One of the 3 kids was refused treatment at United States, United Kingdom and Germany, considering the complexity of the surgery. The Nigeria Cardiac Society had invited Dr. K. S. Murthy, Chief Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon and Chairman, Innova Hospitals, as the chief guest at its 41st annual conference, recently. The keynote Address he delivered on the occasion, “Establishing and Managing Pediatric Cardiac Centre” was well received and much appreciated by the cardiac fraternity in Nigeria with a standing ovation.

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The thrust of his address was on various factors and problems that developing countries face in establishing such high end sophisticated centre. Dr. Murthy offered solutions for problems in running such centres and managing them effectively with limited resources, from the repertoire of vast knowledge and experience he has in managing such centres. Eight Nigerian Children with Heart Disease Operated Successfully in India Dr. Murthy has been requested to help Nigeria in establishing a Pediatric Cardiac Care facility at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu. Impressed by Dr. Murthy’s expertise and the excellence Innova has shown in peadiatric cardiac care, the Hospital has been chosen as a training centre to train Nigerian cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, anesthetists, nurses and para medical staff. Innova has already trained about 25 staff from University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital. Currently two cardiac surgeons are undergoing training and some more are expected. Innova Children's Heart Hospital is first of its kind hospital in South Asia to provide dedicated and focused care for children suffering from heart diseases. In a short span of five years, Innova has produced results of par excellence by performing highest number of peadiatric cardiac surgeries with outcomes on par with the best in the world. Several poor children from India and abroad benefited from the expertise of the team at Innova. The hospital has also taken initiative to spread the knowledge and expertise by training medical professionals in countries where facilities are unavailable, to develop sustainable pediatric cardiac centres, there.

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