Aster Medcity Performs Kerala’s First Harmony Valve Implantation on the Youngest Ever Patient in India

Posted on : Feb 14, 2024


Aster Medcity performs Kerala’s first Transcatheter implantation of Harmony Valve in a 16-year-old. The young boy hailing from Kottayam is a plus one student and had already undergone surgery in infancy for a condition called Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). Tetralogy of Fallot is a birth defect that results in a blue baby syndrome due to the mixing of pure and impure blood in the heart.

The primary surgery is a lifesaving procedure but leaves behind a leak in a Valve known as pulmonary regurgitation which eventually causes the right-sided chambers to dilate affecting its function. This is a bane faced by many GUCH (grown-up congenital heart disease) patients after correction of TOF.

The new Harmony Valve is specially made for such difficult cases and helps avoid the risks associated with open-heart surgery for valve placement. It is only a single-day procedure after which patient can go home and can do all routine activities.

The Valve was specially imported from the United States for the treatment of his condition, marking a significant milestone in medical innovation of the state. A special team from the US along with Dr Edwin Francis-Director &Senior Consultant, Aster Medcity -Kochi was behind the success of the procedure.

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