A medical team from the Polymedic Medical Plaza in Cagayan de Oro City recently successfully performed a delicate procedure – an urgent open heart surgery on a 10-month old baby boy with a congenital heart condition. It was the first Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR) with an Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) in Northern Mindanao.

In a press release, the baby boy was initially brought to a hospital in Butuan City due to unusually low weight, and episodes of shortness of breath. It was with keen clinical eye that baby boy was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition and was decisively referred to the Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Maria Rowena C. Sanchez at Polymedic Medical Plaza.

A 2D echo was immediately conducted where it was confirmed that the baby boy was diagnosed with a Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous connection to Superior Vena Cava with a Sinus Venosus Atrial Septal Defect.

In a baby with TAPVR, oxygen-rich blood does not return from the lungs to the left atrium. Instead, the oxygen-rich blood returns to the right side of the heart. Here, oxygen-rich blood mixes with oxygen-poor blood. This causes the baby to get less oxygen than is needed to the body. 


Dr. Sanchez, together with Dr. Gerrylouie Abadies, a Pediatric thoracocardiovascular surgeon, presented the only option, an urgent open-heart repair of the anomaly. For the love of baby boy, despite the odds and suddenly shocking diagnosis, his parents agreed to undergo the procedure!


Our tiny baby boy on the big cardiac table was successfully operated on! 24 hours postoperative, baby boy tolerated extubation and breastfeeding by his mother and was obviously getting better for he was able to lie in bed comfortably unlike before the operation. His lungs were also clearing up. On the repeat 2D Echo, his heart’s pumping good and was evidently recovering as the comparative study showed.

To date, baby boy now weighs 2 kilos more in just a week and is physically active, quoting mommy, “lingas na” compared to being weak, irritable, and sleeping almost all the time before the procedure.


info and photos by Polymedic Medical Plaza

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