The 6-year-old, from George, recently underwent the medical procedure at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, which saw an atrial flow restrictor (AFR) implanted between one of the heart chambers, and a conduit.
This was only the third operation of its kind to be completed globally, according to hospital.
Ruveshni was born with one heart ventricle, which resulted in her heart not being able to pump oxygen-poor blood (“blue blood”) back to her lungs.
In two previous operations, cardiac surgeons were able to divert blue blood through a conduit directly to her lungs, without it having to pass through the missing ventricle. After the second operation, a complication resulted in an emergency operation.