The cardiac surgery team at Makassed Islamic Charitable Hospital, led by Dr. Tamah AlSafadi, chief of the Cardiac Surgery Division, succeeded in performing a qualitative andcomplex operation to save the life of a female patient from Gaza, in her seventies, sufferingfrom an acute aortic dissection (tear in the aortic wall).Hajjah “A”, a 71-year-old Gazan lady, was sitting in the midst of her family when she beganto feel severe chest and back pain, and paralysis of her lower limbs, according to herdescription. She was then transported to the hospital in Gaza to be diagnosed. Cardiologyspecialist Dr. Alaa Naeem, who examined the patient, reported that she had suffered from anacute rupture of the aorta as shown in the TV image of her chest.This is considered a rare case in need of high and advanced treatment abilities and capabilitiesand swift emergency surgical intervention, the death rate of which is 50 percent during thefirst day.There was no hesitation at all on the part of the cardiac surgical team at Makassed Hospital.The doctors expressed their full readiness to receive the case, and all the necessarypreparations were undertaken before the arrival of the patient, who reached the Hospital incritical condition requiring immediate surgical intervention. After conducting all the tests andmaking all the necessary arrangements, the patient was taken into the operating room atmidnight and her surgery lasted eight hours during which the affected part of the aorta wasremoved and replaced with an artificial artery.The surgery ended in resounding success, stemming from the high morale displayed by thepatient and her family, and from the tenacious will of the treating medical team and itsinsistence on performing the operation to save the patient’s life, to the delight of herfamily, despite the high risk that this operation entailed. The patient is currently in goodhealth, having regained movement of her lower limbs, and has made a full recovery.The surgical team consisted of Dr. Tamah Al Safadi (consultant and chief of the CardiacSurgery Division) and cardiac surgery assistants Dr. Hasan Al Salman (general surgeryspecialist and cardiac surgery resident) and Dr. Omar Abu Zaydeh (general surgery resident).Dr. Safadi expressed his great pleasure at the success of the surgery and thanked theanesthesiology team headed by Dr. Adnan Farhood (chief of the Department ofAnesthesiology), Dr. Khalil Abdel Dayem (cardiologist), the operating room nurses, thedepartment of cardiac surgery, the cardiac intensive care unit, and the blood supply team fortheir efforts in completing the task at hand to the fullest.
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