A baby girl nearly five months’ old has been saved by new and complex heart surgery known as the Norwood procedure.

It was used in Vietnam for the first time, according to Nguyen Thanh Liem, director of the National Hospital of Paediatrics.

The baby, Lu Tra My from south-western Binh Phuoc province, was born with a fault in the left side of her heart. Doctors said she needed urgent attention if she was to survive.

Doctors said the procedure is the most complex type of heart surgery and requires a high level of expertise.

My’s treatment costs 600 million VND (28,500 USD), but her family will pay only 130 million VND (6,200 USD) because the rest will be covered by medical insurance.-VNA