Child with hole in heart gets new lease of life at KLES Hospital: Rotary Club under Gift of Life project

(The cost of surgery funded by Rotary Club under Gift of Life project)

15 months male child from a low economic background of Kankumbi village (Khanapur-Taluk) was successfully operated on for a ventricular septal defect (VSD) a hole or opening in the septum or wall that divides the two lower chambers (ventricles) of the heart. VSD is the congenital defect (birth defect) of the heart.

The sick kid was identified and referred to the hospital by members of the Rotary Club. The child had complained of frequent chest infection and cough, shortness of breath, sweating, and poor weight gain.

Dr. Praveen Tambrallimath, Cardiac Surgeon, Nursing staff & child with mother
Dr. Praveen Tambrallimath, Cardiac Surgeon, Nursing staff & child with mother


On examination of the toddler by Cardiac Surgeon Dr. Praven Tambrallimath and diagnosed as the child is suffering from VSD (hole in the heart). The child was operated on for over 3 hours and the hole in the heart was successfully closed. If not performed surgery the defect could cause damage to the lungs and heart.

Timely surgical intervention in the COVID-19 pandemic is a big challenge as special precautions to be taken by the surgical & post-operative ICU team. The child withstood the surgery and discharged from the Hospital. This is the 5th child operated by Dr. Praveen Tambrallimath & team under the Gift of Life project. The cost of the surgery is funded by the Global Grant of Rotary.

Rtn. Dr. Alpesh Toprani & Rotary club members appreciated the efforts of KLES Hospital for the successful outcome of the surgery. Dr. Prabhakar Kore, Chairman, KLE Society & Dr. M V Jali, Medical Director of the Hospital thanked the Rotarians for their selfless service the humanity and congratulated the team of Surgeons lead by Dr. Praveen Tambrallimath & Anesthetist Dr. Sharnagouda Patil.


  1. It’s really a great achievement and rotrary club given new life child best wishes to all in this great achievement
    Prof AJIT umrani


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