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CAF KIDS STORIES

Vishva

Vishva, soon to turn two years old resides in Chennai with his father Suresh and mother Nandani. He is their only child, and was born in a government hospital in Chennai itself. After birth, doctors noticed that the child had breathing difficulty and suggested that the family take him to another hospital where the facility of conducting an Echo was available. Suresh and Nandani took Vishva for the prescribed Echo and the diagnosis was made to their dismay their newborn son was suffering from a congenital heart disorder – a complete AV Canal defect. In this particular ailment, there is a hole in between the upper chamber of the heart (an Atrial Septal Defect) and the lower chamber of the heart (a Ventricular Septal Defect) and there is a common valve in place of the Mitral and Tricuspid valve. It is a rare defect that usually tends to affect only 2 per 10000 children. The parents were counseled and told that surgery was the only measure to save their sons life. It is through surgery that both holes are closed and two separate valves are created using leaflets. However, both parents decided to continue with the medications prescribed and soon they realized that Visvha’s growth was being hindered. A family friend guided the parents to take him to Thirvullar Government Hospital, where doctors from Miot Hospital visit for some much needed guidance and help. They made their way with great difficulty as finances were tight and they were then told that with all their documents they needed to come to Miot Hospital, in Chennai. Suresh shared with the doctors that they were struggling financially and leading a difficult day-to-day life, the cost of surgery was surely one that they could not afford. The doctors contacted us at Genesis Foundation, and we committed ourselves in supporting this case as Suresh earns a humble Rs 6000 per month as a labourer. Vishva has been operated on since, and is recovering all thanks to the support you have shown and given towards our cause to Save Little Hearts.

Abhishek

Abhishek, is seven years old and the second child born to Luv Khush and Sana who live in Basti District in Uttar Pradesh. He was born with a congenital heart disorder and since birth has struggled with some serious bouts of breathlessness. His parents recollect when he was only ten months old, he developed a high fever and they rushed him to a government aided hospital where doctors prescribed medicines as they also detected an irregular heartbeat. They were asked to consult a cardiologist, which left them confused as they didn’t know how to even begin finding answers. With each passing year, Abhishek’s condition worsened and he was being medicated every time the bouts of fever returned. One day everything changed, a member of the family was working in Mumbai and recommended the parents bring the boy there for a check-up. With great difficulty, they made their way to Mumbai and took him to SRCC NH Hospital, where an echo was conducted. It showed that he was suffering from Ruptured Sinus of Valsava (RSOV) a rare heart defect. In this particular condition, there is a hole in between the aorta and the main blood vessel which carries pure blood. The only way to save his life is to close this hole surgically. Both Luv and Sana were once again in a predicament, as the answers were in front of them but they didn’t know how they would afford surgery. Luv is a farmer who earns Rs 7000 per month, he just couldn’t put together the funds and was looking desperately for support when one of the doctors recommended us. With support from WPP India CSR Foundation, we were able to give aid to the family and ensure that Abhishek got the treatment he requires to live.

Jai Bhagwani

Jai Bhagwani, is seventeen years old from Jaipur who was living a completely normal life up until February 2017. This was when the first signs of trouble began to kick in. He remembers feeling pain in his chest, so he consulted a local family doctor who gave him medication and advised a detailed investigation. It was during this investigation that his heart disorder was detected, so he was referred to a cardiologist. On 27th March 2017, the family visited Fortis Escort Hospital where they conducted a 2D echo which revealed a large sinus venous Atrial Septal Defect. The only life-saving measure would be for a surgery for closure. Jai, is a young and smart school going boy, who loves to dance hip-hop and jazz. He aspires to be a dancer, for which he has already started teaching as a trainee instructor at an Institute. His father Murli is an auto driver in Jaipur who earns Rs 8000 per month. The costs of surgery are naturally too high for Murli and even for Jai so they needed support to get him the necessary treatment so he can go back to dancing and living his passion. Along with Fortis Foundation we were also able to financially support the medical costs for his treatment.

Annie Princy

Annie Princy, one year old girl from Tamil Nadu has been diagnosed with VSD (Ventricular Septal Defect) a Heart Disorder. In this particular ailment, she has a hole in the lower chamber of the heart and requires surgical closure at Miot Hospital, in Chennai. Her father Balaji is a driver and earns Rs 4000 per month. On this humble yet challenging salary – he cannot afford to pay for his daughter’s treatment. He seeks financial support to save her little heart.

Ananthi

Ananthi, nearly 11 years old from Tamil Nadu was born with a congenital heart disorder called an Atrial Septal Defect. There was a hole in between the upper chamber of the heart. Her parents Lakshmi and Subramany recollect when Ananthi was only two years old she developed a high fever and with worry they took her to a district hospital where the doctors detected an irregular heartbeat. However, the doctors told her in time she would become better so Lakshmi and Subramany decided to continue sending her to school and resort back to their everyday routine. She is currently studying in the 5th grade and loves school and especially loves to sing. All normalcy came to a halt when around six months ago she developed a high fever again. There were doctors from Miot Hospital who were visiting their district hospital and they recommended that Ananthi come to Miot Hospital in Chennai for surgery and contacted us at Genesis Foundation to suggest financially supporting this case. Subramany is a farmer, who earns Rs 6000 per month and cannot meet the high surgery costs. He has three children and his wife to look after on an extremely tight budget. We have supported this case and Ananthi was operated on and sent home in a stable condition. She is on her road to recovery and will be rejoining school as soon as she can.