It was a heartwarming press-meet where Rakhi and Ayesha shared their experiences post complex heart valve replacement surgeries at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute, (FMRI) Gurgaon today. Suffering from life-threatening congenital heart diseases, these surgeries were like a “dream-come-true” for four children and next of their kin.
Rakhi, aged 11, was suffering from rheumatic heart disease (RHD) which is a commonly acquired heart disease in children due to acute rheumatic fever. This affects the heart, joints and central nervous system. She underwent Mitral Valve Replacement on April 20th. Her father is a farmer from Aligarh with an annual income of barely Rs 72,000. The family willing came forth to pay Rs 10,000 as contribution towards surgical cost.
Ayesha, 20, also suffered from rheumatic heart disease (RHD) along with other underlying conditions. As her family’s monthly income was barely Rs 5000, the hospital did not charge even a nominal fee. She successfully underwent Mitral valve Replacement surgery on April 23rd.
Ashima* (14) and Zayeed* (17) (*names changed to protect identity), was suffering from RHD and an abnormal function of the tricuspid aortic valve disease respectively. The tricuspid valve is located between the right atrium (top chamber) and right ventricle (bottom chamber) of the heart and it has a key role in ensuring blood flow in a forward direction from the right atrium to the ventricle. Both the families decided not to contribute any amount towards surgical costs and the surgery was fully supported by Fortis Foundation. Ashima underwent Mitral Valve replacement; Zayeed underwent Arotic Valve Replacement on April 22nd.
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