“A Montreal girl has had a hole between the right and left ventricles of her heart patched without open-heart surgery, thanks to a new procedure that a doctor calls a world first in humans.
Maria Sajid, 5, was born with a ventricular septal defect, which can cause breathing problems, respiratory infections and even congestive heart failure if the hole is too large.
Sajid’s father, Elmostafa Sajid, said she went to the hospital about every month because of respiratory infections.
The defect is hard to seal because it is so close to two cardiac valves, said Dr. Joaquim Miro, a cardiologist at Montreal’s Ste. Justine Hospital.
Miro’s team has used Amplatzer devices to treat ventricular septal defects since 2002.
But the cardiologist said previous prostheses interfered with the valves and weren’t efficient, and an earlier version was too stiff.
Miro said his team was the first to use the new prosthetic device on a human, using a catheter to insert it instead of open-heart surgery.
He said it has several advantages, including:
- Greater malleability.
- Less risk for the patient.
- Takes less time to heal.
Once scar tissue grows over the patch, Maria will be able to live an active life, Miro said.
Since Sajid received the prosthesis six weeks ago, her mother, Rabiaa Hmiddane, said she’s already benefited.
“It’s fantastic,” Hmiddane said in French. “She can swim, run and walk without losing her breath now.”
Ventricular septal defect is one of the most common heart defects present at birth, and is commonly associated with Down syndrome.”