x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

Paediatric cardiac unit to open in Ras al Khaimah

Facility at RAK Hospital expected to be operational within one month, treating newborns with heart deformities.

RAS AL KHAIMAH // The RAK Hospital will open the first private paediatric cardiac unit in the Northern Emirates within a month, officials said yesterday.

The unit will treat newborns who have heart deformities, allowing them to stay in the country for critical care and avoid the risk of complications if they are moved. Children treated immediately have lower risk of needing open heart surgery, said Dr Jean-Marc Gauer, the hospital's head of surgery.

"Often this has to be done in the first week [after birth]," Dr Gauer said. "The risk of the intervention is much smaller if we can do it by catheterisation instead of open heart surgery. The younger we do it, the better." The hospital plans to offer heart surgery for children within six months. It is the second part of a cardiac care unit worth an estimated Dh6m and will be set up with Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, one of India's largest hospital networks.