Aligarh: Fifty one-year-old, Muradabad resident, Kamlesh was growing old gracefully and owning every moment with gratitude. She was strong and vibrant, wise and mellow and happy to be at an age, where one understands just what matters in life. But, a sudden and severe headache—forthwith nausea, vomiting, stiff neck and blurred vision brought her incisive performance of daily chores to an abrupt standstill.
Her kindred immediately rushed Kamlesh to Aligarh, where the doctors at the Department of Neurosurgery, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) with help from the Department of Cardiology colleagues, removed a very rare abnormal bulge or ‘ballooning’ in the wall of an artery of her brain and cured her of the Cerebral Aneurysm condition.
Thanks to the timely intervention at JNMC, Kamlesh is now recovering and geared up to go back to life where the privilege of elegant ageing will not be denied to her.
“We had to immediately perform an Endovascular Coiling procedure in which a catheter was passed into the artery containing the aneurysm for releasing platinum coils. A microcatheter was later inserted through the initial catheter to pass an electrical current and seal off the opening of the aneurysm”, said Prof M F Huda (Department of Neurosurgery).
He added: “Had the patient not reached in time for the surgery, the bulge in her brain would have pressured the surrounding nerves leading to hemorrhage, brain damage, coma, or even death. Over 500 such surgeries are performed yearly at the Department of Neurosurgery”.
Prof M F Huda extended gratitude to Prof M U Rabbani, Chairman Department of Cardiology and his team for the requisite support and for providing the Cath Lab facilities.
“The expertise at the Department of Neurosurgery for removing the rare Cerebral Aneurysm is proving immensely beneficial for patients from low income groups in the nearby areas of Aligarh as they no longer have to reach expensive private hospitals in metropolitans”, remarked Prof Raman Mohan Sharma (Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery).
Assistant professors at the Department of Neurosurgery, Dr M Tabish Khan, Dr Mohd Ahmed Ansari and Dr Tariq Matin explained how the aneurysm in the patient was completely obliterated.
Dr Obaid Siddiqui (Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology) provided the patient with the anaesthesia support.
“The University community takes pride in the accomplishment of this rare surgery. To obtain this level of excellence requires coordinated efforts from all aspects of patient care. This includes preoperative assessment and care, intra-operative management, and inpatient and outpatient postoperative care”, said AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor.
Congratulating the surgeons, Prof Rakesh Bhargava (Dean, Faculty of Medicine) and Prof Shahid Siddiqui (Principal, JNMC) said the doctors of the Department of Neurosurgery evaluate each brain aneurysm patient to decide the best singular therapy or treatment combination for the patient’s specific case.