Polymedic Medical Plaza in Cagayan de Oro City was just recognized for having successfully performed the first Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) Device Closure in Mindanao. The medical feat was stated by no less than the Philippine Heart Center in its journal released today, coincidentally, Valentine’s Day.

The PDA Device Closure is a medical procedure where a catheter is used to close a PDA, which is an extra blood vessel found in babies that are expected to shrink and close on their own within the first few days of life. However, in some cases, the PDA doesn’t close at all and pose a great threat to life (and quality of life).

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This is the case of a newborn preterm baby girl at the said hospital which after a month of close monitoring and maximized medical management, the PDA didn’t close and the baby girl became unstable. Thus, the baby girl’s parents put their trust on the hospital to do the Patent Ductus Arteriosus Device Closure. Everything was arranged and laid down for the brave tiny warrior.

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On January 17, 2020, the Polymedic Cardiovascular Medicine Team made the successful medical procedure on the baby who was extubated and breastfed an hour after the procedure. After completing her remaining days in the incubator, the baby girl was discharged and met her sisters.

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Kudos and thanks to Doctors Jocelyn Go, Maria Rowena Cabatino-Sanchez, James Herminio Salon, Kelvin Nacalaban and Jean “Baymax” Villareal!

photos and info by Polymedic Medical Plaza

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