The heart surgery for a 5-month baby by doctors of Vietnam Germany Hospital was successful said Dr Le Ngoc Thanh, head of heart and thorax surgery department of the hospital. “This is the first heart surgery for babies below one-year old so far,” Dr Thanh said.
The baby is Nguyen Tuan Minh from Thai Binh province. His family said that he was born healthy, however, he gained weight very slowly at just 700g per month. When taken to hospital for medical examination, doctors said that his heart ventricles were open and advised the operation.
The heart surgery was implemented on November 7. He was still in hospital on November 9 but his heart beat is stable now.
Thanh said that there are about 8,000 children born with valvular disease of the heart every year in Vietnam, however, the number of children having heart operation is very small, only 1,000 cases per year.