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Dammam Maternity: Successful Surgery Saves a 7-month-old Child
19 March 2018

By Allah’s Grace, a team of surgeons ate Maternity and Children Hospital-Dammam has successfully saved a 7-month-old child suffering from small bowel slipping and some other issues; through a 3-hour laparoscopic intervention with no abdominal incision. The child was hospitalized, then after due tests and x-rays, he was diagnosed with pulmonary problems and right diaphragmatic hernia which caused all small bowel and partly large intestine slipping, while raised to the chest cavity around the lungs and forming some pressure on both the child’s lungs and heart. This posed a serious risk to the child’s life; thus, requiring an immediate surgical intervention, whereby the child’s intestines were restored to normal position in the abdominal cavity and his diaphragm was constructed. Thank Allah a few days later, the child was discharged from hospital and he is now in good health.


The Ministry of Health (MoH) has increased cardiac diagnosis of the newborn from 20% to 90% during 2017. In its 2017 achievements report, MoH stressed that this process has helped early detect congenital cardiac problems, treat them in initial phases, improve the health of cardiac children, reduce the burden and economic cost for both patients and the state.

Likewise, MoH has increased the number hearing diagnosis of the newborn from 17% to 89%. Thank Allah this has helped early detect hearing defects, treat them in their initial stages; thus, enabling the newborn to enjoy a normal life which is free from hearing impairments. To that effect, MoH has boosted the efficiency of the medical teams in Newborn Units through continuous training, policies and guidelines, as well as new indicators that help monitor performance.






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