New Cardiac Thoracic unit for LRCH soon
Turning a new leaf in the history of the Lady Ridgeway Children's
Hospital (LRCH) a new Cardiac Thoracic Unit will be opened soon
benefiting children with cardiac defects. The LRCH is the country's
largest and South Asia's biggest children's hospital.
Consultant Anaesthetic Dr. Anoma Perera said that once the unit is
fully equipped a maximum of two heart surgeries could be performed. We
do not propose to perform major surgeries, as soon as we open the unit
because everything at the unit is new," she said.
According to Dr. Perera, over 2,500 children are born with various
cardiac complications, which could be corrected through surgery
annually. She said that these children need surgery but if the ailment
could not be corrected early the chances of survival are minimal. "They
do not live long and before reaching adulthood they die", she added.
Paediatric cardiac surgeries are now performed at the Karapitiya and
Sri Jayawardenapura hospitals and also at the Colombo National Hospital.
Dr. Perera said that there was no proper data about children who need
heart surgery but according to the data collected by the LRCH
cardiologists there was a waiting list of 250 children to undergo
However, Dr. Perera said that they need over 130 nurses to carry out
surgery at the unit but were given only 40 nurses. "If we can get at
least 100 nurses, the unit can function well," she said.