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First by-pass surgery of minor boy at PIC.

LAHORE -- First time in Pakistan medical history, the cardiac surgeons team of Punjab Institute of Cardiology conducted a successful by-pass operation of a two and a half years old boy.

The PIC surgeons team's Head Prof. Abdul Waheed told here Monday that a hospital of Sialkot had referred Muhammad Tabeeb, who was suffering from a rare congenital defect of left main coronary artery of his heart, to the PIC, Lahore.

The surgeons' head said that Tabeeb's heart was working at 20 percent only. Though corrective procedure was not possible due to complex nature of disease, the PIC operated upon the minor boy successfully.

A blood vessel (Internal Mammary Artery) was harvested from his chest and grafted to left Coronary Artery, he explained.

First of its kind in Pakistan, he added, this challenging task was achieved by the PIC senior surgeons comprising Dr. Tipu Khan and Dr. Tabeeda Ejaz.

To a question, he said, the child was recovering fast, adding that success of this operation, considering the patient's age and complexity of the disease, was a great achievement for the PIC Department of Cardiac Surgery.

To another question, Prof. Waheed said that the operation was done free of cost.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Jun 11, 2013
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