Rare Heart Surgery Performed at VPS Lakeshore Hospital

Dr. M K Moosa Kunhi, Senior Consultant and HoD, Cardiac Surgery and Heart Transplantation, VPS Lakeshore.

Kochi: In a rare surgery lasting seven hours, doctors of VPS Lakeshore Hospital here have successfully removed blood clot and blocks in the heart of a 45-year-old man after making his heart motionless for 2 hours and 35 minutes with the support of heart-lung machine.

The patient, Muhammed Ibrahim M, a native of Manjeswaram in Kasargod district, is fast recovering and will be discharged within a few days. The surgery was performed the other day by a medical team headed by renowned heart surgeon Dr. M K Moosa Kunhi, Senior Consultant and HoD, Cardiac Surgery and Heart Transplantation, VPS Lakeshore.

Muhammed Ibrahim, who was working in Saudi Arabia, was admitted to a hospital there after he suffered heart attack. He was later brought to India and admitted to a hospital in Mangalore. The angiogram performed on him at the hospital showed a blood clot of the size of a lemon in the heart’s main chamber and four other blocks. He was then referred to Dr. Moosa Kunhi and brought to VPS Lakeshore.

“Developing blood clot inside the heart is a very rare complication and it is seen only in less than one per cent of heart attack cases. It is a grave situation as the blood clot can break away from the heart at any time and move straight into the brain. This can make him a lifetime coma patient. So, the patient was rushed to VPS Lakeshore for bypass surgery and we removed the blood clot,” said Dr. Moosa Kunhi. Removing blood clot from heart chamber is difficult and it is very rarely done, he added.

Dr. Moosa Kunhi said that developing blood clot following heart attack is a major complication and it can remain without any symptoms and can suddenly cause brain stroke. So, every patient who develop heart attack should be specifically looked for this kind of blood clot inside the heart so that timely treatment can be given him to save his life, he added.