Bengaluru: 2-month-old boy with heart ailment airlifted

BENGALURU: A two-month-old baby suffering from enlargement of the heart (cardiomegaly) was airlifted from M S Ramaiah Hospital in north Bengaluru to Narayana Health City in the south on Monday. The baby boy reached the hospital in 17 minutes, at 10.45am, jetting across a distance of more than 35km.Besides cardiomegaly, the infant has a hole in the wall separating the two lower chambers of the heart. “The baby is also suffering from bronchitis and has been on ventilator. The need of the hour is to stabilize the baby. He may undergo a surgery later,” said Joseph Pasanga, COO of Narayana Health.

The boy was brought to M S Ramaiah Hospital on Friday with brassy cough, hurried breathing and inward movement of the lower chest. “It would have taken longer had we shifted him by road. Hence a private air ambulance was hired. The reports were suggestive of ALCAPA (anomalous left coronary artery from pulmonary artery), a serious congenital coronary anomaly. It is the first time in my experience that a baby as young as two months was airlifted for critical medical care,” said Dr Pradeep GCM, consultant neonatologist at M S Ramaiah Hospital.