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The Story of Viraj Ganapati Sagat

Viraj Ganapati Sagat, is an eighteen-month-old baby and the youngest child born to couple Komal and Ganapati from Latur, Maharashtra. Ganapati works long and arduous hours farming but brings home a humble income of not more than Rs 5000 per month. In the last few years the droughts in Latur have increased which has affected his work tremendously and in turn the family’s financial stability.
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The Story of Priyansh

Little Priyansh seeks comfort in either the touch of his mother’s hand or his pacifier which he clutches to tightly with his gums. Only four months old, he was born to couple Pinku and Sandryarani from Rourkela, Odisha. Pinku, his father works further away in Chennai as a labourer to earn money with which he is able to support his new family.
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Kids Supported

Tejasree

Tejasree, seven months old from Anantpur in Andhra Pradesh requires a surgical correction of Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA) and Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection (TAPVC) at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad. Her father Sateesh is a clerk and earns Rs 4000 per month. They desperately need financial support to meet the high surgery costs to ensure Tejasree good health and a longer life.

Baby of Kavita Thorad

This little bundle of joy was the first child born to Ram and Kavita. She was only twenty days old, yet to be named and weighing only 1.4kg. Both parents live in Thane, a district located in Maharashtra. She was born in a government hospital in Thane itself. On the second day of birth, she showed worrying signs of difficulty with her breathing. It was then that the doctors detected an irregular heartbeat. On the fourth day, the baby was discharged – Ram and Kavita were asked to consult a Pediatric Cardiologist. Their next step was to take the baby to Jupiter Hospital, in Mumbai where Dr Srinivas Rao, a Pediatric Cardiologist performed an echo and the exact diagnosis was made – the baby had a large hole in between the ascending aorta and the pulmonary artery, the two main blood vessels in the body. It is called a Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). Through all the tragic news the parents were receiving, the only light was that the hole had good margins. It could therefore be closed in a Cath Lab using a device, an open-heart surgery was not required. Both parents were counselled, as the baby required an emergency procedure to close the hole – and since lung pressure was high timing was critical. Ram is a farmer, earning between Rs 3500-4000 per month, they were naturally not in a position to put together the funds required for the procedure. Since Jupiter Hospital is a partnered hospital, they reached out to us for support. The procedure took place, and the life of this little one was saved. She was discharged, and doctors strongly advised long-term follow up. With the support from WPP India CSR Foundation, we were able to take this financial burden off the parents. This little baby was the first premature case we at Genesis Foundation took on under our wing.

Golu

Golu, four years from Mathura, is suffering from a heart disorder called Patent Ductus Arteriosus, which has resulted to a hole in between the descending Aorta and Pulmonary Artery. It can only be closed with a device in a Cath Lab, in this case at Apollo Hospital, Delhi. His mother Machhala Devi, is a labourer and earns Rs 3000 per month with which she has to support four children and her husband who is physically challenged and cannot work. It is a struggle for the family, every single day. Taking on the financial burden of a surgery has weighed down Machhala Devi who is now so grateful that we at Genesis Foundation are able to take this financial strain of her and support Golu’s surgery.

Zamin Abbas

Zamin Abbas, two months old, living in Lucknow suffered from a severe narrowing of the aortic valve. His mother is a housewife, who looks after the two children and father Md. Meesum, an electrician who earns Rs 7000 per month. Zamin was referred from Aligarh Medical College to us at Genesis Foundation. At the time, the child had a very low saturation of 20% and was taken to Apollo Hospital for further management and had his narrow aortic valve opened through ballooning.

Sree Balaji

Sree Balaji, 8 years old from Tamil Nadu, is suffering from a heart disorder – Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) and requires surgical closure at Miot Hospital. Saravanan, his father is a labourer and earns Rs 4000 per month, with which he supports his wife and two children. The family required financial support to give their son the treatment he rightly deserves to live.