In one of the rare medical cases recorded in the world and the first in the Middle East, a 32-year-old woman who lives on an artificial pump assisting the heart has given birth to a healthy baby through a successful caesarean section.
The procedure was done by a medical team at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) without any complications, a release said.
The mother had been suffering from severe weakness in her heart muscles, which necessitated the implantation of an artificial auxiliary pump. When it was discovered that she was pregnant, she was referred to KFSH&RC for treatment, and the team promptly set a date for her to give birth to avoid any complications that could arise, including managing the artificial heart pump's performance at each stage.
Highest level of care
From the moment she arrived at the hospital, the patient was given the highest level of care by a multidisciplinary medical team of seven specialties. They monitored her closely and ensured she was healthy enough to undergo a caesarean surgery in the 32nd week of pregnancy.
After the procedure was completed without complications, the mother was transferred to intensive care to continue monitoring her condition. Meanwhile, the baby was placed under the supervision of the neonatal intensive care team.
Physicians usually advise against pregnancy in patients who have received an artificial heart-assisting pump implant due to the potential complications for both the mother and the foetus, including pump malfunctions that could endanger their lives. Therefore, it is remarkable that the KFSH&RC medical team was able to perform this successful surgery and ensure the safe delivery of a healthy baby.-- TradeArabia News Service