An intricate open heart surgery performed by Kamar Adeleke was successfully completed on a 13-day-old newborn at the Lagos-based Tristate Hospital in Lekki. The infant was born with a rare congenital heart defect described as “transposition of the major arteries” in medical jargon.
The two main arteries leaving the baby’s heart were attached incorrectly to the lower chambers of the heart, or transposed in layman’s terms (ventricles).
The complex pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, is also known as a “arterial switch operation,”. The surgery took place over the course of 19 hours and was performed by a Nigerian team of experts. Only the world’s best pediatric surgeons are known to be able to complete the treatment successfully.
He explained that as a result of the abnormality, blood containing oxygen from the baby’s lungs was being pumped back into the lungs. While blood that lacks oxygen was pumped throughout the body.
“We did an arterial switch in a 13- day- old baby. Normally, the heart has two sides; the right side takes in blood from the organs of the body. This blood is devoid of nutrients, and from here the blood is pumped into the lungs where it is oxygenated and purified. Then, transported into the left side of the heart where it is pumped to all parts of the body.
Professor Kamar Adeleke, an interventional cardiologist and founder/CEO of Tristate Healthcare system. Which is a network of top-tier super-specialty healthcare providers, served as the team’s medical leader.
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The arterial switch operation is an open-heart procedure that must be performed within two weeks of life or it will be too late. He said that due to the anomaly, blood from the baby’s lungs that contained oxygen was being pumped back into the lungs while blood that did not contain oxygen was being pumped throughout the body.