A four-month-old miracle baby from Solapur survived more than 20 heart attacks over two months before undergoing life-saving cardiac surgery in a city hospital. Aditi Gilbile is on the way to recovery and will lead a normal life after eight to nine months, her doctors said.
The infant was diagnosed with a rare congenital malfunction, Anomalous Left Coronary Artery from Pulmonary Artery (ALCAPA), that affects one in three lakh children. Aditi started showing signs of the ailment in January , when she was twomonths-old. Her mother, Pre eti, said she started being irritable, and her breathing and feeding pattern underwent a change. “She would sweat profusely and refused to breastfeed. We rushed her to a doctor the day she bawled incessantly for three hours,“ said the mother, adding that her weight gain was also affected.
A doctor in Barshi taluka, where the family resides, identified the involvement of the heart. He referred them to Pune, where Aditi was diagnosed with ALCAPA. Her parents then approached the HN Reliance Hospital at Charni Road in Mumbai, where the child was operated on February 21.
“In normal babies, the pressure in the lungs normalises within a week of birth.In Aditi’s case, the pure blood was flowing away from the heart. It resulted in frequent and silent heart attacks that damaged heart muscles,“ said Dr Shivaprakash, head of the paediatric heart centre, “It is a delicate surgery as we are dealing with tubes of 1-2mm in size, and the baby’s heart function down to 10-15%.“
Chief of paediatric intensive care, Dr Amish Vora, said, “She has now been taken off artificial support.“ Medical director Dr Gustad Daver said the child will lead a healthy and normal life. She is likely to be discharged in two to three days.