A look into the womb can shape a baby’s future –
The Apollo Centre for Fetal Medicine celebrates 10 successful years
- · It is estimated that there would be about 487,000 babies born with birth defects in India; out of these 7200 per year are in Delhi
- · 3 out of 20 babies diagnosed with some form of abnormalities every day
- · Most commonly detected conditions are kidney and cardiac diseases in babies during Fetal scan
New Delhi, 30th August 2016: Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals organized a press conference today to commemorate the successful completion of 10 years of The Apollo Centre for Fetal Medicine. Dr Prathap C Reddy, Founder Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group congratulated the Fetal medicine team and spent some fun time with children and parents who have been treated at the Fetal Medicine Center over the last decade.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Prathap C Reddy, Founder Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, said, “The Apollo Centre for Fetal Medicine started its operations in 2006 as north India’s only dedicated fetal medicine centre. The fetal imaging and prenatal testing technology have improved vastly in the past few decades. Today, fetal therapy is recognized as one of the most promising fields for expert care for both mother and unborn baby, and prenatal surgery is becoming an option for a growing number of babies with birth defects. We aim to create awareness around timely check-up and scan to ensure the baby’s health is not compromised.”
Addressing the audience, Dr Anita Kaul, Senior Consultant – Fetal Medicine, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals Delhi explained, “Fetal surgery is a complex surgical procedure to correct abnormalities in the womb for example placental complications in twins which compromises life of one twin. Scientific advances in the last 20 years have raised the hope that many pregnancy complications are potentially detectable from as early as the 12th week of gestation. Fetal evaluation can give patient-specific risk for a wide spectrum of pregnancy complications, including intellectual disability in fetus, preterm delivery, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, fetal growth restriction.”
The Apollo Fetal Medicine centre has become a one-of-its kind establishment and has attained leadership in fetal medicine in the region. Patients from different cities attended the event along with their children and shared their experiences.
About Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals
Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, India’s first JCI accredited hospital, is a joint venture between the Government of Delhi and Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited. Commissioned in July 1996, it is the third super-specialty tertiary care hospital set up by the Apollo Hospitals Group. Spread over 15 acres, it houses 57 specialties with more than 300 specialists and more than 700 operational beds, 19 operation theatres, 138 ICU beds, round-the-clock pharmacy, NABL accredited laboratories, 24-hour emergency services and an active air ambulance service. Apollo Hospitals Delhi has the leading programme in kidney and liver transplant in the country. The first successful paediatrics and adult liver transplants in India were performed at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals. The hospital is at the forefront of medical technology and expertise. It provides a complete range of latest diagnostic, medical and surgical facilities for the care of its patients. The Hospital has introduced the most sophisticated imaging technology to India with the introduction of 64 slice CT and 3 Tesla MRI, Novalis Tx and the integrated PET Suite. Indraprastha Apollo has also pioneered the concept of preventive health check programmes and has created a satisfied customer base over decades. The Hospital has been consistently ranked amongst the best 10 hospitals in India by The Week survey for the past few years.