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Unlike adults with acquired heart diseases many of the parents of these children are young, newly married and are not able to finance the life-saving surgery privately. Furthermore, CHD is not covered by insurance. 100 per cent of expenses in this type of surgery are borne by the Sri Lankan Government.

supipiSupipi Devmini Nimsara is tiny and at not even three months of age she has already undergone a procedure for a complex heart problem. for a great deal more info on wheel of fortune. Her mother, K.P. Damayanthi Kumarasinghe from Medawachchiya (North Central province), explains that too much blood was flowing from Supipi’s heart to her lungs. The little one also had three holes in her heart. When a strange sound was heard from Supipi’s chest, doctors at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital carried out an echocardiogram and referred mother and daughter to the LRH. The Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeons at LRH performed the palliative procedure of pulmonary artery banding.

boyThis mischievous happy little boy was in a critical condition two years ago after developing complications after undergoing surgery at a private hospital. Dr. Duminda Samarasinghe, Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist at LRH says that anybody can develop complications but the issue was that the parents were not able to pay for the extra cost. He went into cardiac arrest and was resuscitated at LRH for 45 minutes. Generally resuscitation is stopped after 30 minutes. After 45 minutes he was taken in for surgery, which was successful.

asindiFor six-week-old Asindi Aloka, the team at LRH carried out not just one but two procedures. Two of her vessels had got mixed up, explains mother Chandrika Vasanthi from Amapara (Eastern province), pointing out that non-oxygenated blood and oxygenated-blood were mixing, while she had four holes in her heart. A narrowing of a blood vessel was corrected by accessing it through the side of her chest and open-heart surgery ensured the closure of the holes in her heart.

These are just a few of the over 1,600 interventions and heart operations that have been performed at the LRH over the past year absolutely free of charge.