Over 2.50 lakh babies born have cardiac ailments

Chennai, Jun 30 (PTI): Over 2.50 lakh infants born in India
annually suffer from acute cardiac related ailments, requiring
complex surgeries, a senior doctor said here today.

"Forty per cent of these children do not have access to
funds and survival ratings among them are very poor," senior
cardiac vascular and thoracic surgeon of K J Hospital Dr P S
Srimathi Seshadrinathan told reporters here.

Stating that much research is being done to identify the
cause, she said one of the reasons could be inter-relation
marriages, which is widely practiced in South India.

To a query, she said 70 per cent of these infants can lead
a normal life after undergoing surgery.

She said the hospital had performed 146 surgeries on
infants aged between 40 days and 18 years between December
2010 and April 2011 under the "Needy Little Hearts" project,
an initiative by a city-based NGO K J Research Foundation .

She said they aimed to perform a minimum of 200 such
operations every year, for which around Rs two crore would be


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