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17-year-old with heart defect gets new lease of life

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New Delhi, April 18: After years of struggle, 17-year-old Tushar, who was diagnosed with complex cyanotic heart disease when he was six, has now been successfully operated on at a hospital here, giving him a new lease of life.

The right side of his heart and the blood supply to his lungs were grossly abnormal. Moreover, he had a massive hole in his heart and the body was getting only deoxygenated blood, which is impure blood, Max Super Speciality Hospital at Shalimar Bagh said in a statement.

Under the guidance of Senior Cardiac Surgeon Dinesh Mittal, the team conducted CT scan and angiography to define the anatomy in details.

The surgery was highly complicated and time-consuming. It took 22 hours to complete this complex procedure. After the surgery, Tushar’s body received 100 per cent oxygen level. Though he was on a ventilator for 15 days and took a month to recover fully, life has changed for the better for Tushar, the hospital added.

During the surgery, Tushar’s breast bone was cut open and he was put on a cardiopulmonary machine. Gradually, the entire body was cooled down to 18-degree celsius. His abnormal arteries of lungs were re-fixed and blood circulation resumed.

The remaining procedure was completed on cardiopulmonary bypass. This technique temporarily takes over the function of the heart and lungs during surgery, maintaining the circulation of blood and the oxygen content of the patient’s body, and is used during open heart surgery.

“Ninety-five per cent of heart defects, especially in children, can usually be treated with medicine or surgery,” Mittal said.

“Prevention is the best way to avoid a heart problem later in life,” Mittal added.

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Nine-year-old raped, killed in Uttar Pradesh

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Lucknow, April 20: Less than a week after an eight-year-old was lured from a wedding function and raped and then murdered in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah district, a nine-year-old was raped and killed in the district the same way on Friday, police said.

The accused is a boy who was part of the cooking team hired for a pre-wedding ceremony in Kailtha village.

He lured the girl to a field behind the venue where he raped her and then strangled her as she tried to raise an alarm, the police said.

The girl was taken to a hospital where she died, an officer told IANS.

Police are looking for two other youths allegedly involved in the crime.

On Monday, another girl went missing from a wedding she had gone to attend with her family in Etah. Her body was found the next morning in a field. A drunk youth, found lying beside her, was arrested on suspicion of raping and murdering her.

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Rains lash J&K plains, fresh snowfall in hills

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Srinagar, April 20: Day temperatures dipped in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday as widespread rain lashed the plains and fresh snowfall occurred in the higher reaches.

“In the last 12 hours, fresh snowfall has occurred in Zojila Pass, Drass and other higher reaches,” the Met office said on Friday morning.

The same conditions would continue till Saturday after which the weather will start improving, it added.

The minimum temperature was 8.6 degrees Celsius in Srinagar, while it was 4.4 in Pahalgam and zero in Gulmarg. Leh town recorded 6.1 and Kargil 2.6 as the minimum temperature on Friday.

Jammu’s minimum was 18.3, Katra’s 15.6, Bannihal 8.4, Batote 8.5 and Bhaderwah recorded 8.9 degrees Celsius.

As the day and night temperatures dropped in the valley, the woollens came out.

With just past a dry winter spell in Kashmir, the spring rains were more than welcomed by the people. It will help better the flow in rivers, streams, springs and lakes in the Valley.

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Sunny morning in Delhi, rains likely

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New Delhi, April 20: It was a hot and sunny morning in the national capital on Friday with the maximum temperature set to touch 39 degrees Celsius. The Met predicts rain later in the day.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 24 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted some respite soon. “Light rains and drizzles are likely to occur towards the afternoon or evening,” an IMD official said.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 52 percent.

Thursday’s maximum temperature settled at 39.4 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 23 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average.

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