South Africa: A team of doctors implanted an artificial valve through a vein without cutting open the chest of a 14-year-old boy in Cape Town this week, The Star newspaper reported today.
It was the first time that an operation of this nature had been broadcast live.
The procedure was done on Gift Ihuhua from Windhoek, Namibia, who was born with a pulmonary atresia, a condition in which the pulmonary valve does not form properly.
Dr Steven Brown who performed the surgery said extensive preparation was done before Gift’s procedure.
He said they went through his groin with a 6mm catheter, and the valve which was sewn from a cow’s jugular vein, was sewn onto a stent and inserted.
Nearly 400 heart specialists attending the World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Conference watched the procedure.