Kolkata: In a critical surgery, the SSKM Hospital has given a fresh lease of life to a 62-year-old patient from an obscure village in Malda who was brought in with severe abdominal pain and later diagnosed with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA).Coming from a modest family, Sanjit Mondal could not afford the cost of surgery which would have been anything between Rs 10 and Rs 12 lakh at a top private hospital in the city. The SSKM Hospital has performed a surgery on the elderly patient completely free of cost. It has become possible due to various free health schemes introduced by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMondal had been complaining of severe abdominal pain for quite sometime now. His family members took him to SSKM Hospital few days ago. Doctors there performed a few medical tests including CT Angiography which confirmed that the patient was suffering from Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. The clinical tests showed that the walls of the Aorta had a swelling and the portion had already taken the shape of a small balloon due to the swelling. As a result of this, the Aorta became weak. Had there been any further delay in the operation, the patient would have died. The medical condition is called an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) when it happens in the part of the aorta within the abdomen. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe aorta is the largest blood vessel in the human body that carries fresh blood to head, arms and down to abdomen, legs and pelvis from the heart. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm does not always cause problems but a ruptured aneurysm can be life-threatening. Therefore, a patient with such a symptom needs immediate medical intervention. Apprehending the seriousness of the ailments, doctors at the hospital made all the necessary arrangements on a war footing. A team was formed comprising doctors from the cardiology and CTVS departments. They conducted the surgery which lasted for nearly two hours. A senior doctor at the cardiology department who was part of the team said: “During the surgery, we adopted a procedure called Percutaneous Transcatheter Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR) by which a mesh work was done on the portion of the Aorta that got ruptured.” The doctors who conducted the operation claimed that it was not often found in patients and that a delay in operation may prove fatal. The team of doctors did not follow the conventional surgical repair as the mortality is high. The patient was recently released from the hospital after the doctors performed CT Angiography on him only to convince themselves that the patient has recovered.