We have been very fortunate to spend the past three days at the Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences located in the Bommasandra Industrial Area of Bengalaru. Dr. Colin John, Head of Paediatric Cardiac Surgery, welcomed us with open arms upon our arrival. A towering man with an international reputation as a leader in his field, Dr. John’s warm demeanor and passion for teaching were immediately evident as he invited us into the operating theatre and carefully explained each step of various surgical procedures. We were able to observe surgeries for repair of: Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Circulation, Ventricular Septal Defect with Patent Ductus Arteriosus, and Tetralogy of Fallot among others. The hospital is the largest pediatric cardiology center in India and among the largest worldwide; 53 pediatric cardiology surgeries were performed here in the last 6 days alone.
Downstairs on the ground floor, the clinic lobby was bustling with families from all over India and the world. It is not uncommon for patients to flock from near and far to Narayana to receive care. To accommodate the sacrifice these families have made, the clinic is set up to gather a clinical history and examination, perform necessary radiology studies and ECG’s, and form a decision regarding the medical and/or surgical management of the patient all in a single day. The doctors and staff were all incredibly warm and kind; we were very lucky to spend time in this truly special place. Starting tomorrow we will spend the next two days at the Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center here in Bangalore, before traveling to Mysore Friday evening.