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AIIMS Bhubaneswar Paediatric Surgery achieves remarkable feat in rescuing fragile newborn from life-threatening duodenal atresia

Bhubaneswar:15/4/24:In a remarkable display of medical prowess, the Department of Paediatric Surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar has achieved a monumental success by saving the life of a 1.1 kg very low birth weight newborn afflicted with duodenal atresia, a scarce condition.

The infant, whose name is being withheld for privacy reasons, was born prematurely with duodenal atresia in our hospital, a congenital anomaly characterized by a blockage in the first part of the small intestine known as the duodenum. This condition, occurring in approximately 1 in 10,000 live births, poses a significant threat to the newborn’s life if not promptly addressed.

Upon admission to AIIMS Bhubaneswar Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the baby was in critical condition, battling not only the challenges of prematurity but also the life-threatening complications associated with duodenal atresia. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, the team of dedicated pediatric surgeons, Dr. Bikasha Tripathy, Dr. Subrat Sahoo, and Dr. Aditya Manekar; under the leadership of the Head of the Department, Dr. Manoj Kumar Mohanty, swiftly devised a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to the fragile state of the newborn.

“The case presented a unique set of challenges due to the extreme prematurity of the baby coupled with the complexity of duodenal atresia,” stated Dr. Manoj Mohanty. “However, we were determined to provide the baby the best possible care and outcomes.”

The surgical intervention involved delicate procedures aimed at correcting the obstruction in the duodenum and restoring the normal flow of nutrients through the digestive tract. Despite the inherent risks associated with operating on such a fragile newborn, the surgical team demonstrated exceptional skill and precision throughout the procedure.

Following the successful surgery, the newborn was closely monitored in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) by a team of Neonatology doctors, led by Dr. Tapas Som, Dr. Pankaj Mohanty, Dr. Jagadish Sahoo, Dr. Tanushree Sahoo; provided round-the-clock care to ensure the baby’s stable recovery. Despite initial concerns regarding postoperative complications, the infant exhibited remarkable resilience, surpassing all expectations with each passing day.

“We are thrilled to report that the newborn has responded exceptionally well to treatment and is making steady progress towards recovery,” remarked Dr. Manoj Mohanty. “This case serves as a testament to the collaborative efforts of our team and the unwavering determination to overcome even the most challenging medical obstacles.”

The successful outcome of this complex case has not only brought immense relief to the newborn’s family but also garnered widespread recognition for the Department of Paediatric Surgery at AIIMS Bhubaneswar. It underscores the pivotal role of specialized pediatric care in saving the lives of the most vulnerable members of society. A similar case, 1.1kg premature baby with jejunal atresia was successfully managed by the same team a few weeks ago.

As the infant prepares to embark on the journey of growth and development, the remarkable success story serves as a beacon of hope for countless families grappling with similar medical challenges. It reaffirms the commitment of healthcare professionals to push the boundaries of medical science in pursuit of better outcomes for all.

In the wake of this extraordinary achievement, the Department of Paediatric Surgery at AIIMS Bhubaneswar remains steadfast in its mission to deliver excellence in pediatric healthcare, setting new benchmarks in neonatal surgery and inspiring hope for a brighter, healthier future.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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