Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Milestone of india - Successful auditory brain implant at Apollo Hospital.

NEW DELHI: Doctors at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals here have successfully carried out an auditory brain implant on a four-year-old deaf girl from Iraq.

“Fatima came to the hospital on August 25 and was diagnosed with bilateral sensory-neural hearing loss with underdeveloped cochlea. She was unable to hear since birth. On evaluation and pre-assessment it was found that the cochlea of the child was very small and the auditory nerve was also very poorly developed so a cochlea implant was not possible. The only option available was an auditory brain implant,'' said Dr. Ameet Kishore, ENT and Cochlea Implant Surgeon at Apollo.

Fatima underwent a nine-hour surgery on August 26 where an electrode array was inserted into the brain stem with the help of neurosurgeon Dr. Pranav Kumar.

By two Indian surgeons

The surgery was performed independently by two Indian surgeons and monitored live by a doctor in Melbourne, Australia. A scan done post-surgery confirmed that the implant was in position and all was fine. The child was discharged on September 4 and her implant will be switched on in four weeks, followed by mapping (programming of the implant along with hearing and speech therapy), which will help Fatima hear sounds which she was unaware of before.

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