The operation-August 1
On August 1, Shalynn underwent an aortic coarctectomy with a primary end-to-end anastomosis. In a coarctectomy, the coarctated or narrowed section of the aorta is removed. In what is referred to as a primary end-to-end anastomosis, the remaining sections of the aorta are reconnected. Odim also permanently closed the ductus. Finally, he placed a band around the pulmonary artery. Once this band was in place, Shalynn's blood pressure started to go up, indicating that more blood was going to her body.
The operating team is set out in the accompanying table.
The total induction time was one hour and forty minutes. The total surgical time, from beginning the incision to closure of the incision, was two hours and thirty minutes. The total aortic cross-clamp time was twenty-five minutes. There was no bypass time, as the operation was closed heart surgery.
Shalynn had several episodes of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT, an abnormally fast heart rhythm originating from the atria) during manipulation of the heart. This abnormal rhythm resolved spontaneously. The operation was uneventful, and she was transferred to the NICU in stable condition at 1300 hours.
In his report, Cornel wrote:
The surgery was properly performed and followed the correct decision path. The combination of atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect, Ebstein's malformation and coarctation is one I have encountered in the past and it is extremely difficult to manage. I do not believe that an attempt to repair all of the lesions would have been more likely to succeed. (Exhibit 353, page 43)
The Pillers had been at the HSC throughout the time of the procedure. At the end of surgery, Odim spoke with them and told them the operation had been successful. The Pillers stayed with their daughter until 2030 hours that evening.
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|Section 1||Chapter 1 - Introduction to the Issues|
|Chapter 2 - Pediatric Cardiac Issues|
|Chapter 3 - The Diagnosis of Pediatric Heart Defects and their Surgical Treatment|
|Chapter 4 - The Health Sciences Centre|
|Section 2||Chapter 5 - Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in Winnipeg 1950-1993|
|Chapter 6 - The Restart of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in 1994
January 1, 1994 to May 17, 1994
|Chapter 7 - The Slowdown; May 17 to September 1994|
|Chapter 8 - Events Leading to the Suspension of the Program
September 7, 1994 to December 23, 1994
|Chapter 9 - 1995 - The Aftermath of the Shutdown
January to March, 1995
|Section 3||Chapter 10 - Findings and Recommendations|
|Appendix 1 - Glossary of terms used in this report|
|Appendix 2 - Parties to the Proceedings and counsel|
|Appendix 3 - List of witnesses and dates of testimony|