Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Forty doctors at HCM City Obstetrics Từ Dũ Hospital and Paediatrics Hospital 2 this week implanted a pacemaker in a 36-week-old male infant delivered via a Caesarian section.
When the woman from Lâm Đồng Province first visited Từ Dũ hospital, doctors detected congenital heart defects in the infant, including an enlarged heart and third-degree antrioventricular block, a condition in which the valve between two heart chambers does not function.
At the time, doctors at Từ Dũ Hospital and physicians at Paediatrics Hospital 2 discussed possible solutions to the problem, saying the baby would not survive because of the defects.
They then decided to operate at the 36th week of the pregnancy.
On Monday, the surgery was carried out as scheduled. The baby weighed 2.3 kilos.
The male infant’s heart rate was only 52 beats per minute, while the normal rate is 110 or 160 beats per minute.
Doctors said that pacemaker implantation was the best way to save the patient’s life.
The infant is now being treated at Paediatrics Hospital 2.
Dr Nguyễn Thanh Trúc, deputy head of Paediatrics Hospital 2’s general planning division, said the hospital’s doctors would conduct further treatment to ensure the pacemaker could work a long time.
Nearly 8,000-10,000 babies are born with congenital heart defects in Việt Nam each year, including 50 per cent with serious defects, according to the Ministry of Health.
Serious defects are the leading cause of deaths among infants, accounting for 40 per cent of total deaths caused by all congenital defects. — VNS