Doctors at Fortis hospital in Mulund said that the baby, who was on ventilator support, underwent surgery at the hospital and is now recovering.
Born in Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city, Keliah was a healthy 2.9kg baby at birth but put on barely any weight after that. Soon, she also contracted pneumonia and was rushed to a local hospital, where she stopped responding to any medication. A team of cardiologists diagnosed her condition as congenital Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV).
Strapped to her ventilator box and accompanied by her Kenyan doctor, a nurse and mother, Keliah was airlifted to India and admitted to Fortis Hospital in Mumbai.
According to the hospital, further tests revealed that she had developed blood stream sepsis, which had to be treated with more antibiotics. A complex surgery, named the ‘Atrial Switch’, was performed on her last month but the small size of the baby’s heart made the surgery complex.
“The surgery was more challenging because the baby had been on the ventilator for around two months. Her heart and lungs were already pounded due to infection. The sheer fact that the child had the tenacity to survive the surgery makes it a miracle,” said Dr Vijay Agarwal, the chief of paediatric cardiology at Fortis Mulund.
The now seven-month-old baby has been weaned off the ventilator and is breathing on her own. Agarwal said that she will soon be able to fly home.