Dev, a child who was born on December 15, 2017 looks good superficially. But who would have thought, he had a poor health condition. Initially, Dev was taken to the hospital because of suffering from cough, runny nose and fever. Then after going through several examinations, it was discovered that Dev had Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA).
The ductus arteriosus is a short blood vessel, which anatomically connects between two main arteries in the heart, the aorta and the pulmonary artery. Before the baby is born, the ductus arteriosus is the blood vessel that the blood that leads to the lungs passes through. After the baby is born, the lungs will automatically be filled with air, and the ductus arteriosus will close by itself. The ductus arteriosus will close by itself in the first week after birth. But in some cases, the ductus arteriosus fails to close by itself so that it remains open (patent). This is called a Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). PDAs cause the lungs to receive blood excessively. This causes a congestion. PDAs can only cause symptoms of mild shortness of breath in children, but if the PDA is not treated immediately, let alone missed for years, can cause permanent damage to the heart and lungs.
If the PDA is treated early, children can usually do normal activities later on. According to medical references, within a few weeks after surgical treatment, children will recover fully and can participate in normal activities. Currently, Santo Borromeus Hospital where Dev is being treated is holding a social service for children's interventional cardiology, especially in children / infants with PDA, as a form of community service. Treatment for babies / children with PDAs can improve quality of life, prevent heart failure and infection so they have a better future. The success rate of closure of PDA is 95%.
Dev is an underprivileged patient, his parents are private employees but their income is insufficient for operating costs that reach tens of millions of rupiah.
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Fundraising carried out for Dev is a form of support for social service activities held by the Santo Borromeus Hospital. If donations are collected, the funds will be used for the costs of pre-medical treatment, medical treatment and post-medical treatment.
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