A Journey from Blue to Pink
Dr SR Mohanty
The author is Junior Consultant,
Department ofCardio-thoracic Vascular Surgery. Sri Sathya
Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Bangalore
does it feel to be a proud mother after nine long months of
pregnancy? How does it feel when the newborn smiles back at
you spontaneously? But what if the child's lips turn blue?
What if the doctor tells you that your little baby has a complex
heart disease that will need corrective surgery at the earliest
- at a price over Rs 300,000 [6,380 US dollars] and with over
50 per cent risk to life?
That's exactly what happened to Mrs Mohan
Das, a labourer by profession. This was the scene she had
to face, barely two days after the birth of the child. Having
lost hope, she decided to accept her fate. Then came the news
of a charitable institution at Bangalore, founded by Bhagawan
Sri Sathya Sai Baba offering services in free of cost. She
made the journey to Bangalore.
Her 18-day-old baby weighing just three kilos
was diagnosed as having d-transposition of Great Arteries,
Intact Ventricular Septum, Patent Foramen Ovae, Patent Ductus
Arteriosus, Type II Coronary pattern and well preserved left
ventricular function. The baby was scheduled for Arterial
Switch Operation, considered as one of the most complicated
types in the practice of neonatal cardiac surgery.
Post operatively the baby was nursed on Infant
Warmer with mechanical ventilation and inotropic support.
Gradually she was weaned off ventilator support and was extubated
after 72 hours. The inotropes were slowly tapered and the
baby made an uneventful recovery. The parents were impressed
with the humaneness of the team involved in treating their
child. They had no words to express their gratitude. On the
way back home with the baby in their arm and with a smile
on her pink lips, believed that their little one had received
a second life by the grace of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.