Faridabad: The simplest task of swallowing food was perhaps the biggest challenge for 40-year-old Isam.
The Iraqi citizen suffered from a rare disorder called dysphagia lusoria, that made swallowing food difficult for him.
Seeking to remedy the life-threatening complication, Isam Abdul Hussein Faisal consulted a number of doctors in his country but to no avail.
Then came a glimmer of hope when one of the doctors advised him to go to India and seek treatment there.
After finding out about treatments available in Indian medical institutions, Isam came earlier this month to the Asian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) in Faridabad where doctors -- though seeing such a case for the first time -- managed to surgically correct the abnormal condition so that Isam could resume normal life.
"We saw such kind of case for the first time in Delhi NCR... this is an abnormal condition characterized by difficulty in swallowing due to aberrant right subclavian artery," said Mukesh Goel, chief cardiac surgeon, AIMS.