90-year old celebrates Guru Nanak Jayanti after receiving new lease of life
Posted On: 15-Nov-2014
|A team of doctors performed challenging coronary angioplasty on Sardar Sewa Singh who was coping with heart ailment for quite some time
Friday, 07 November 2014 - 1:45pm IST | Anees Zargar | Edited by: Swati Bhasin
Sardar Sewa Singh with Dr Subhash Chandra
|Singh’s bypass surgery carried a very high risk. Coronary angioplasty by interventional cardiology was his only chance of survival.
A nonagenarian, Sardar Sewa Singh, was quite unsure whether after all these years if he would be able to celebrate the festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti with his family members. For quite some time, Singh had been spending sleepless nights, and he would often get up at midnight distressed with severe breathlessness.
In an attempt to bear the pain, he used to lie down in bed but in vain, as only sitting up in bed would allow him to breathe. A resident of Kirti Nagar, Singh had seen several physicians, who would prescribe him with different treatment but none comforted him. Even sleeping pills brought no respite to his sufferings. He suffered from cardiac asthma and was ‘virtually drowned in his own secretions’. He could not lie down flat, until this fluid was drained out through urination medicines. He was advised urgent bypass surgery in view of the disease.
However, Singh was able to celebrate the festival after a team of doctors at BLK Hospital in Rajendra Place gave a new lease of life to Singh. The team led by Dr Ajay Kaul, Chairman, Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery decided not to intervene surgically in view of his age. Singh’s bypass surgery carried a very high risk. Coronary angioplasty by interventional cardiology was his only chance of survival, according to Dr Kaul’s opinion.
On October 30, he was brought to BLK Super Speciality Hospital in severe breathing distress. His electrocardiography (ECG) was unremarkable to suspect any heart attack. BLK Centre for Cardiac Sciences’ Chairman Dr Subhash Chandra accepted the challenge on the advice of team to take him up for coronary angioplasty. Singh underwent coronary angioplasty on November 3, using two drug eluting stents under the back-up cover of anaesthesia and cardiac surgery team.
“The procedure of angioplasty was performed on the patient under local anaesthesia which lasted for about 30 minutes. It was a challenging assignment. He had a comfortable sleep next day and thereafter comfortably went home before Guru Nanak Jayanti,” Dr Chandra said.