Complicated surgery for a female tourist whose heart is right in her chest in a hospital in the UAE

A hospital in Dubai received a Nigerian tourist, who suffers from a rare health condition that occurs in 0.01 percent of the population, as it was found that her heart is on the right side, while the liver and gallbladder are located on the left side of the body.

The medical team at Medeor Hospital was able to save the patient from gallstones, with a complex process that required a double and precise effort due to the different locations of the patient's internal organs.

Jaswant Ahuja, a radiologist at the hospital, said that the 39-year-old tourist, Patience Okudwa, had been suffering from persistent abdominal pain for many months, and had visited several hospitals in Nigeria, but the cause of the pain was not explained, so she decided to come to Dubai and receive treatment in the hospital.

 He added: "The patient underwent an ultrasound and an MRI to confirm the presence of gallstones, but the radiologist was surprised, when the radiograph revealed that the patient suffers from a rare congenital condition called (stem inversion or inversion of the viscera), where the heart is located on the side. The right side of the chest, while the liver and gallbladder are located on the left side of the abdomen.

 He continued, "This condition is very rare, it occurs in 0.01 percent of people, and people with this condition suffer from other abnormalities such as congenital heart disorders, lung problems, and chronic sinusitis."

"Because the medical studies are designed to be applied to normal people, doctors have had to modify the approach to gallbladder surgery," he added.
Arindam Ghosh, head of surgery at the hospital, said: "The medical team has devised many techniques and procedures to perform the surgery. The surgical staff uses the left hand to perform the surgery, instead of the right hand, which is a difficult task."

Ghosh continued, "The surgery took two and a half hours, and was completely successful, and the patient was discharged from the hospital after one day and fully recovered."
Emmanuel Okudwa, the patient’s husband, said: “My wife previously underwent three caesarean sections in Nigeria, and I am in astonishment because the doctors who dealt with her were unable to discover her rare physical condition, noting that doctors in Dubai advised permanently putting a badge on her hand that shows her physical condition to deal with her if she is.” exposure to any health emergency.


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