Thomson Hospital Performs Its First Bowel Atresia Surgery on  Premature Infant

Specialty Hospital of the Year for paediatric service excellence awarded at Healthcare Asia Awards  2024 achieves a new milestone

KOTA DAMANSARA, 15 April 2024 – Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara (Thomson)  successfully performed its first bowel atresia surgery on a premature infant on 5th April 2024.  The 32-week-old baby diagnosed at four days old is one of twins with the other twin showing  no developmental issues. 

Bowel atresia is a congenital condition where a portion of the intestine is narrowed or blocked,  requiring immediate surgical intervention to prevent life-threatening complications. “We are  thankful that we were able to intervene early with the successful surgery to ensure a better  quality of life for the infant in years to come. This milestone achievement also showcases  Thomson’s continued commitment to advancing neonatal care to ensure positive outcomes  for our most vulnerable patients,” commented Dr Anita Kaur Ahluwalia, Consultant  Paediatrician and Neonatologist. 

Photo Caption: Dr Sangita Dharshini Terumalay, Consultant Paediatrician & Paediatric Neurologist,  Dr Sivakumaran Jayaraman, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara, and Sr Tan Mei Yuan, Senior Nurse Manager, receive the Specialty Hospital of the Year award at the Healthcare Asia Awards 2024 in Singapore

The surgery was led by Dato’ Dr Zakaria Zahari, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, and assisted  by Dr. Foo Sze Yuen, Consultant Anaesthesiologist and Paediatric Anaesthesiologist.  Commenting on this, Dato’ Dr Zakaria highlighted that, “Performing our first bowel atresia  surgery is a testament to the dedication and expertise of our medical team. Our holistic  peadiatric team is fully equipped with expert professionals and advanced technology to ensure  that our patients receive the highest quality care and achieve optimal outcomes.” 

A Niche for Children’s Healthcare  

This achievement comes on the heels of Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara’s recent win as  the Specialty Hospital of the Year for paediatric services at the Healthcare Asia Awards 2024. This prestigious accolade highlights our paediatric team efforts in redefining the standards of  healthcare through unwavering dedication to innovation, setting of new industry benchmarks,  and substantial contributions to their communities.  

Thomson Hospital had also performed its first Kasai and Myasthenia surgeries in the past year,  a testament to its capacity to meet the needs of underserved paediatric patients. It has also  been the first in Southeast Asia to administer Spinraza, a US Food and Drug Administration approved treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). 

A Forerunner in Paediatric Care Excellence 

Over the past year, the hospital has significantly expanded its team of consultants to cover 

the  full range of paediatric needs under one roof. Our roster now includes general paediatricians,  neonatologist, paediatric neurologist, paediatric cardiologist, paediatric 

endocrinologist, child,  and adolescent psychiatrist, as well as  paediatric surgeons, paediatric neurosurgeon, paediatric orthopaedic surgeon, paediatric  ophthalmologist, and paediatric anaesthesiologist.

“Our achievement reflects our comprehensive understanding of the diverse healthcare needs  of children. We pride ourselves on leveraging each other’s strengths to deliver unparalleled  care for complex medical cases, while also providing holistic support for our young patients  and their families,” said Dr Siva Kumaran Jayaraman, Acting Chief Executive Officer of  Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara. 

Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara remains steadfast in its mission to provide accessible,  accountable, and sustainable healthcare to help people live healthier lives. With a relentless  focus on patient-centered care and continuous improvement, the hospital is poised to achieve  even greater paediatric milestones in the years to come. For more information, visit