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Cuban doctors of Cardiology Center Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara in Santa Clara, applied a new and complex surgery combined heart-lung to save the infant's life Reinier Angelo Suarez, who suffered from a congenital heart defect (VSD), his mother Ayme Gomez said.

The doctors also detected in the patient moderate valvular insufficiency and lush vegetation about to embolize to the lungs. They also found that the boy was carrying a lesion in the right lower lobe of the lung product of histoplasmosis (a disease caused by a fungus) suffered two years ago.

Faced with the imminent danger to the child's life, the experts decided to make a combined surgery once.

It was a complex procedure, which in the case of pediatric patients has never before been done in Cuba, said the Doctor in Medical Sciences Francisco Javier Vázquez, Second Degree Specialist in Cardiovascular Surgery.

During the complicated surgery was performed a total resection of the lower lobe of the right lung, close the ventricular septal defect and pulmonary valve cause dry, to which continue its reconstruction.

With the experience of having operated on about 500 infants, the team led by Dr. Vazquez operated child open heart for about five hours and included cardiac arrest about 120 minutes.

In the absence of biological valves in the country, the pulmonary valve was rebuilt to lower to the pericardium, using a surgical technique designed by the specialists of Cardiology.

This new procedure does not have previous reports in the literature known, said Dr. Vazquez, principal author of the resourcefulness that has already been used to save the lives of two children.

After evolve favorably and after a long wait of 18 days in the Intensive Care Unit of Cardiology, the small Angelo was discharged.

Source: Prensa Latina

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