SKIMS conducts first TAPVC surgery on 11-year-old girl

Srinagar 22 March: In a first of its kind surgery, an 11-year-old girl was operated in the department of Cardio Vascular and Thoracic Surgery SKIMS by a team of doctors headed by Prof Abdul Majeed Dar, PRO SKIMS in a statement said.

“It is first time that such a complex heart defect was repaired in SKIMS where heart and lung circulation were working separately due to abnormal connection of heart vessels, a condition known as Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection (TAPVC),” PRO SKIMS said, adding that, “In addition to this she had a hole in the heart (ASD), a patent Ductus Arteriosus and narrow right heart outflow tract (Pulmonary Stenosis). This complex defect was corrected completely and the patient is discharged from the hospital with no cardiac/ pulmonary defect.”

The team included Prof.Abdul Majeed Dar, Dr H. Zubair Ashraf, Dr Nadeem Nazir, Dr Haroon Naqshi (CVTS), Prof.Qayoom Lone and Dr Shafat and Dr Umar (Cardiac Anaesthesia). “The supportive staff included perfusionist Lateef Ahmad and Firdouse Ahmad. This team has earlier also operated other complex cardiac cases like AP window DORV, TOF, DCRV and ICTAPVC,” said the PRO.
Prof Ab Majeed said that all this has been possible due to continuous patronage of Director SKIMS Prof Dr A.G Ahangar who himself happened to be HOD CVTS earlier in SKIMS and a cardiac surgeon of high repute.
Prof A G Ahangar congratulated the team and said that earlier these patients would travel out of state for treatment but now they can be treated in Kashmir. Ahangar assured all his help and expertise to the department and the team to further continue such good work.

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