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Raichur: The Arogya Bhagya Yojna, a health scheme for government employees, has come as a boon to a patient who had been suffering from a complicated blockade of blood supply to the left portion of his brain.
The available medical assistance at the Rajiv Gandhi Super-speciality Hospital (RGSH), jointly managed by the Government of Karnataka and the Apollo Hospital Groups, here, came as an advantage which helped the patient undergo free heart operation under the yojna.
Umashankar (54), a police head constable in Raichur, often suffered from severe giddiness for the past 20 years. He could not get a proper diagnosis though he went to many specialists in the city in the past.
Recently, he approached Suhas Choudhary, ENT specialist in the city, who referred his case to the RGSH suspecting disorderly supply of blood to his brain.
He was admitted to the RGSH in the first week of this month. Suresh Sagarad, cardiologist, found that the patient was suffering giddiness due to lack of blood supply to his brain. Medical investigation revealed that one of the main vessels from the heart, which pumps blood to the left side of the brain, was badly diseased with 90 per cent damage.
A team of specialists, led by Mahendra Mairal, performed a complicated heart operation with a combination of left carotid endarterectomy and beating heart bypass surgery successfully on August 8.
Dr. Mairal told The Hindu that the patient was operated upon by stopping blood supply to the brain without any post-operative problems such as blindness, stroke, paralysis and loss of speech.
The patient was made to walk the next morning after surgery and was discharged on August 13 without any neurological, cardiac or wound complications. Such operations cost around Rs. 1.30 lakh. But Umashankar was treated free as a beneficiary of the yojna.
Dr. Mairal claimed that this was for the first time that such a complicated operation was handled successfully at the RGSH.
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