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Done valve replacement in heart, now brain dead. What happened?

To Whom it may concern, Hi My father in law went for a valve replacement on is heart . The doctor that as done the operation is telling us it was a very difficult operation but they where able to replace the valve. Now they are saying that test are showing that he is brain dead? What happen? Please help me find solutions. Thanks for your help.
Asked On : Wed, 15 Aug 2012
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Heart valve replacement is a major operation during which blood has to diverted away from heart and also external pump has to be used to take over the function of heart. If during the operation, for any reason, if blood does not reach brain for a few minutes then it will suffer damage. Probably your father in law had such complication during operation. it is a well known complication of the surgery and he was unfortunate to have it. There is nothing much except the supportive medical care which can be done once a person is brain dead.
Good luck.
Answered: Thu, 16 Aug 2012
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