Doctors reconstruct food pipe in infant

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Doctors reconstruct food pipe in infant

Saturday, 14 December 2019 | PNS | Dehradun

In a highly complicated surgery, the doctors of Mahant Indiresh hospital here have made food pipe of a one year old infant who was born without the food pipe.

The doctors had to operate the child twice in span of one year to design a new food pipe for him and save his life.

The complex second operation took Paediatric Surgeon, Dr Madhukar Maletha and his team about six hours. Dr Maletha said that the initial investigation revealed the baby had the defect of being born without the food pipe.

He informed that ordinarily, this type of food pipe related diseases are diagnosed in one in every 3,500 babies but this case was the ‘rarest of the rare’ and in such cases, the operation is carried out in two phases.

“In Medical Science, this disease is called ‘Pure-Esopahgeal Atresia’. After the birth, the first operation of the baby was carried out in which  a kind of base was to be formed to make the food pipe of the baby.

After one year of the birth, one more major operation was to be carried out of the baby which was extremely complicated and challenging.

 It was a tough task to protect the baby from the infection. The second operation of the baby termed gastric transposition was conducted on November 23. The food pipe was made by the doctors from the throat to the stomach. After this successful operation, the baby is able to feed through mouth and is healthy,’’ he said.

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