Four-month-old infant Aditi Gilbile, from Solapur in Maharashtra, is an inspiration to all. She suffered from a rare condition which caused her to suffer as many as 20 heart attacks in two months. The condition is called Anomalous Left Coronary Artery from Pulmonary Artery and Mid-Day reported that Gilbile recently underwent a nine-hour cardiac surgery at Sir HN Reliance Hospital to correct it.
Shreepal Jain, paediatric cardiologist at the hospital, told DNA:
“We did an echocardiography and found that she had an abnormal artery origin which was turning away a majority of the blood supply from the heart.”
Frequent and silent heart attacks were making the infant’s heart frailer.
The pulmonary artery takes impure blood to the lungs. Due to the anomaly, the pure pink blood was not getting supplied to the heart, triggering the frequent attacks.
Speaking about the ALCAPA defect, Jain explained:
This defect is extremely rare and seen in one in 3 lakh deliveries. Due to improper supply of oxygenated blood to the rest of the body, the child suffered from breathlessness, poor appetite and slow development.
Since mid-January the parents were aware that something was seriously wrong as the baby would suffer from excessive sweating. She wouldn’t feed properly and would cry for long hours. “She cried continuously and sweated profusely. Once, she cried for three hours nonstop and we panicked and rushed to a doctor,” Aditi’s mother, Preeti, was quoted as saying by the The Mumbai Mirror.
Doctors at the hospital have said that she will lead a normal life after eight to nine months recovery period.
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