Struggle to save baby Bhakita goes on, albeit grindingly

August 6, 2015 7:21 am
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The doctors said with the medication given, the holes can start closing with time so that an operation can be done on the bigger hole/FILE
The doctors said with the medication given, the holes can start closing with time so that an operation can be done on the bigger hole/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 6 – Baby Bhakita is back from India. She did not undergo heart surgery as planned as it was too risky. Instead, a joint cardiac meeting in India after running tests discovered that Bhakita has more heart deformities than earlier diagnosed in Kenya and have put her on life-saving medication until she is ready for the critical operation.

The deformities require six months intensive treatment to prepare her for several other operations that will be done in three phases.

“The doctors did all tests that had been done in Kenya. They found more deformities in addition to what had been found in Kenya,” Bhakita’s Mother told Capital FM News.

The doctors in India discovered that Bhakita’s heart has three holes, a condition that had not been diagnosed in Kenya.

“Investigations showed she has a big hole in the heart. At the bottom part of the heart, the doctors also found two more small holes,” the doctors explained.

In Kenya the doctors’ investigations showed that Bhakita’s clean and dirty blood was mixing because she had only one valve instead of two to separate the heart into four chambers.

The doctor then recommended for corrective surgery to be done in India.

READ: Baby Bhakita finally en-route to India for surgery

The results in India further showed that Bhakita’s heart was also twisted such that the pulmonary artery that normally originates from the right side of the heart had originated from the left side and vice versa.

“She has that abnormality of a twisted heart,” the doctor’s report concluded.

The doctors explained to Bhakita’s mother that because of the extent of abnormalities of her heart and also her age, it was important to sustain the current situation with medication until she is one year old before operating on her.

“They told me no operation could be done in her condition, if any operation was done, she could not wake up from the operating bed,” Bhakita’s mum tearfully recalled.

The doctors said with the medication prescribed, it was safer to wait for it to work and also for Bhakita to be older as well as add some weight.

The doctors said at one year, her heart features will have developed fully and will be more visible.

During the six months, the medication given to Bhakita will also help the two smaller holes to start closing such that the doctors will perform an operation only on the bigger hole to correct the heart condition.

“If surgery is done, the hole is too big to close the walls. The doctors said with the medication given, the holes can start closing with time so that an operation can be done on the bigger hole.”

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