Tuesday 21 November, 2017

No price on life: Health City Cayman surgeon saves baby’s life

“Saving a life is a lot more important than putting a price on a life,” said Senior Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon at Health City Cayman Islands, Dr. Binoy Chattuparambil.

Dr. Chattuparambil is the surgeon responsible for helping to save the life of a four-month-old diagnosed with a severe congenital heart defect which required immediate surgery for survival.

The then four -month-old Kael Jiménez Souza was diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis, which is the narrowing of the aortic valve in the heart, causing the heart to work harder to pump blood through the valve.

The condition usually requires aortic valve replacement, a surgery which costs around US $400,000 according to Kael's parents.

Kael’s father, Álvaro Jiménez, told the Caribbean press that they had intended to seek medical attention for the baby in the United States but were overwhelmed by the price they were quoted. 

Jiménez noted that having the surgery done in the Cayman Islands was not only more affordable but made the process easier and added a human touch. 

While Dr. Binoy has stressed that the surgery was not a permanent cure and that baby Kael still requires more surgery, it was certainly a sigh of relief for the family who tethered on the fine line between life and death.