The transposition of the great arteries is a congenital heart defect caused by abnormal foetal development in the first eight weeks of pregnancy. In a normal heart, the aorta is connected to the left ventricle and the pulmonary artery to the right ventricle. In a person suffering from this condition, these two blood vessels are reversed. This changes the way blood circulates through the body. In effect, the blood flowing from the heart to the rest of the body does not have enough oxygen.
Although quite rare, transposition of the great arteries is a serious and life-threatening medical condition. To avoid its serious complications, the heart should be repaired surgically soon after birth. Thanks to major surgical breakthroughs, infants born with the condition now have a 90% survival rate.
Southeast Asians whose children suffer from the said condition can take advantage of the latest available treatment without travelling to the US or Europe. This breakthrough corrective surgery is now widely available in many hospitals in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. These hospitals are equipped with high-precision surgical technologies that offer the highest chance of a successful surgery and minimal risks and complications. Many of these hospitals are also accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) and the International Standards Organisation (ISO) for their ability to provide the highest quality of medical care possible.
Aside from world-class hospitals, Southeast Asian countries also boast highly experienced cardiac specialists with advanced surgical skills and impressive qualifications. Many surgeons from the region have earned their degrees and completed their residency and training in the United States and Europe. With their region now known as a hub for medical tourists, they are also dedicated to improving their craft by continuously attending training and postgraduate courses abroad. By doing so, they are able to bring world-class medical care to Southeast Asian shores but without the charging a fortune for it.