The whole of India woke up on Saturday morning and immediately started to rejoice as news came in that Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati have bagged two medals, a gold and a bronze respectively, at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. (Rio Paralympics: Mariyappan wins Gold, Varun Bhati bronze in high jump)Thangavelu bagged a historic gold in the men’s high jump T-42 event while Bhati narrowly missed out on the chance to grab the next best spot on the podium for India and settled for the bronze. While Thangavelu made a leap of 1.89 metres, Bhati jumped his personal best of 1.86 metres to finish third. (These true heroes defy all odds, tweets Sehwag after India win medals at Paralympics)India’s other medal prospect Sharad Kumar finished at number six. USA’s Sam Grewe bagged the silver medal.Speaking to India Today from Rio, Thangavelu said he was confident of winning a medal for the country in his event.”I am very happy with the gold medal and this is one of the happiest days of my life. I want to win more medals in the future as well.”I was confident of winning a medal. Previously I was clearing the 1.85 meters mark before coming to Rio and also I’m a former world No. 1, so knew I could win at the Paralympics,” Thnagavelu said in Tamil while his coach translated it in English for him.Lack of funding was the biggest challenge that Thangavelu faced ahead of the Rio Games but he still thanked the Sports Authority of India and his coach for helping him get this far.advertisement”My coach Satyanarayana and the Sports Authority of India helped me a lot. I was included in the TOP scheme (Target Olympic Podium) and was also sent to Germany for training. So I’m very happy with the support that I got from my coach and the SAI.”Getting a passport and the money needed for training purposes was the biggest challenge. Not getting a passport on time meant I could not be eligible for a few other events. But now all the problems are settled and I’m very happy,” the 21-year-old added.Indian athletes who have just returned from the Rio Olympics have blamed various sports federations and authorities for their dismal performance at the Games.Varun Bhati, on the other hand, praised SAI and said that he didn’t face any discrimination for being a physically handicapped athlete.”I have been in the TOP scheme this year and the government has supported us really well. I was even sent to Ukraine for training. I don’t feel so discriminated. I’m doing well for myself and I’m happy with what I’ve achieved,” the 21-year-old expressed.
Kolkata: In a rare heart surgery, the SSKM Hospital has given a fresh lease of life to a 23-year-old woman from West Midnapore, suffering from critical structural defect in her aorta, the main great vessel coming out of the heart that supplies blood into the whole body.A team of doctors at the Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery (CTVS) and Cardio Thoracic Vascular Anaesthesia (CTVA) departments of the SSKM performed the surgery on the patient, Purnima Bera (23) that lasted for nearly eight hours. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe operation was carried out on last Saturday after she was admitted to the hospital.A resident of Amarda village of Mohanpur in West Midnapore, she was suffering from severe chest pain following which her family members took her to Mohanpur block hospital. Bera was later shifted to Egra Superspecialty hospital but due to lack of adequate infrastructure she was again transferred back to the city. She was finally brought to the emergency department of the SSKM a few days ago. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe patient was referred to the CTVS department from Cardiology. It was found that the patient was suffering from Aortic dissection after conducting echocardiography. CT angiography could not be performed on the patient as her condition deteriorated. The doctors decided to operate the patient as her chest pain aggravated. She had dissecting aortic aneurysm extending up to iliac arteries (of lower abdomen) and it was circumferential in nature, that is whole aorta was dilated throughout its whole circumference. A team of doctors from CTVS and CTVA (Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesia), headed by Dr Santanu Dutta and Dr Shubhendu Mahapatra performed the rare surgery. Aortic dissection is a serious condition in which there is a tear in the wall of the major artery carrying blood out of the heart (aorta). As the tear extends along the wall of the aorta, blood can flow in between the layers of the blood vessel wall (dissection). This can lead to aortic rupture followed by instantaneous death or decreased blood flow (ischemia) to organs.Ascending aortic replacement was done with a Dacron synthetic graft using a peripheral artery cannulation technique under cardiopulmorary bypass. Because of this peripheral cannulation technique and due to the extension of the disease, it took nearly nine hours to complete the entire operation.”Cardiopulmonary bypass continued for nearly four and a half hours with an aortic clamp time of three hours. Hemostasis (arresting bleeding) was one of the major tasks after the successful repairing of the defect. The next challenge was successful weaning from the cardiopulmonary bypass uneventfully after such prolonged bypass time,” Dr Kakali Ghosh of CTVA said.The patient was shifted to the recovery unit. She has been kept under observation in the critical care unit. The post operative care is also equally important in any cardiac surgery, the doctors observed. Aortic dissection most often happens because of a tear or damage to the inner wall of the aorta.