Eight-month-old Bilal is the only child to Hafiz and Asmeen who live in Uttar Pradesh. Around four months ago, Bilal got diagnosed with pneumonia so they consulted a local doctor. He was given medication, but even with this the fever did not subside. They were referred to Aligarh Muslim University Hospital, where an Echo was conducted. This showed that Bilal had a hole in between the lower chamber of his heart – commonly known as a Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). Once again they were referred to another hospital for further treatment – Max Hospital, in Delhi. Fortunately, when he was examined in Delhi they found that the hole had good circumference, so he did not require an open-heart surgery and it could be closed with the help of a device in a Cath Lab. The surgery has already been done, and this case has been supported by our CSR partner – Assets Care & Reconstruction Enterprise Ltd. With thanks to their support, we were able to take the burden off the parents as they could not afford surgery. Hafiz is a labourer who earns Rs 5000 per month, it’s been a struggle for him as a sole earning member to even work due to running around hospitals trying to get his son treatment. His dreams are just for his son to get better, and to do his best as a father to educate him through school and ensure he is a good person. We are happy we have been able to be part of this journey with the family.
Mubashshir, nearly two years old is the second child of Salman and Rashida. A week after his birth, both parents noticed that the baby was turning blue and showing difficulty when it came to taking his mother’s feed. They took the baby to the local district hospital where doctors gave some medicines and asked them to take the child to Lucknow for further management. As time passed, both parents were extremely confused as to what needed to be done. A relative of theirs lived in Kanpur, so when Mubashshir was around six months old his parents took him to a government hospital there. An echo was conducted which showed that their son was suffering from a congenital heart disorder called Tetralogy of Fallot. The doctors informed the parents that the only option to save their son was to go to Delhi, so they set on their way with the help of family. They were brought to Max Hospital, in Delhi where he was seen by a Pediatric Cardiology Team, who put him on a follow-up along with medicines as Mubashshir was found to be underweight. The parents returned in December for surgery, but the next hurdle to cross was how were they to afford it? Salman, is a labourer earning Rs 2000 per month, naturally he was not in the position to put together the funds required. The doctors at Max Hospital reached out to us for help so Mubashshir could get an Angiography. With the help of our CSR partners ACRE, we were able to support the family’s medical expenses and his surgery was successful. He is recovering in the ICU and will be discharged soon. Together, we were able to save one more heart.
Sonakshi, five years old is the second child to Kamal and Sunanda, who live in Agra. From the day she was born she suffered due to a congenital heart disorder. At the age of one, she developed pneumonia so she was rushed to a government hospital, where medications were administered. The doctors noticed that she had an irregular heartbeat, they were asked to consult a cardiologist. They were broken, distraught – not a clue on what they should do. As time passed, Sonakshi kept suffering with regular bouts of pneumonia and the signs of growth were not good. Luckily, a relative notified the parents of an outreach program that takes place in Agra itself with doctors from Max Hospital, Delhi. Kamal took Sonakshi and they were asked to come to the capital for the exact diagnosis to be made. Upon their arrival and tests that were conducted, it was determined that she had two holes in the heart – a Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) between the descending Aorta and Pulmonary Artery and the second hole was in between the lower chamber of the heart (VSD). There was a silver lining luckily, as the holes had good circumference so she did not require open-heart surgery. The holes could be close with the help of a device in a Cath lab. The procedure due on 13th December will be financially supported by our CSR partner ACRE, as Sonakshi’s father has a monthly income of Rs 5000 which he earns as a labourer. Sonakshi, attends school and enjoys drawing so after her recovery she can enjoy her hobby and school without the burden of a life-threatening health issue.