The medical team with Little CC and her mother.

KUCHING: The medical teams of Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and Serdang Hospital have been given a pat on the back for the successful transportation and surgery on a five-month old baby girl with an inlet Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD).

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the baby girl, Little CC, was chronically ventilated at SGH, and transferred to Serdang Hospital via commercial flight in May, accompanied by medical officer and the baby’s mother.

“Despite her tender age and stormy preoperative period, she successfully underwent VSD closure on June 4. The struggle faced by all the teams paid off when we were able to send Little CC back to Sarawak after 17 days postoperatively,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (July 28).

He said during this unprecedented time with the movement control order (MCO), transferring a critically-ill patient across the South China Sea was seemingly an uphill task.

“Limited flights, compulsory quarantine for the accompanying staff and securing an approval for transfer were some of the challenges that needed to be overcome,” he said.

He congratulated all teams involved, including SGH, Serdang Hospital Paediatric Cardiology team, Paediatric Cardiac ICU team, Cardiothoracic team, Cardiac anaesthesia team and all those behind the scenes who worked tirelessly to make this chapter of Hospital Serdang’s story a great success.

“Thank you for all the support and trust rendered to the team to help Little CC become healthy, and putting back the smile on Little CC and her mum,” he said.