The three-and-a half hour procedure was unique. Dr. Sripathi called it a “first”. He added, “Robotic surgery enabled us to achieve a perfect result in a very difficult situation with very minimal morbidity, with no pain and helped achieve (patient) discharge within a day.” Ashura, according to media reports, is again completely happy and living a normal life, back home in Tanzania with her parents. She will return next year for a follow-up visit.
A very satisfied Dr. Sripathi claims, “Robotic surgery will revolutionize the practice of surgery in children, especially in such complex situations, without resulting to large incisions and prolonged hospitalization.” Dr. Mahendra Bhandari, C E O of the Vattikuti Foundation said, “We are very pleased that the Foundation-facilitated establishment of a high powered robotic surgical program was used to help change the life of Ashura, a girl so much in need, so far from her home. When used in the right hands, the surgical robot truly is a world-changing tool.”
Reports from The Hindu, The Times of India, Apollo Hospitals and the Vattikuti Foundation contributed to this article.