Congenital Heart Defect
January, 2018

Umaira is a 1 year old girl from Qasbalar, Kashmir. Her father Md. Altaf is 35 years old and earns a living by working as a laborer. His daily wage is 300 rupees. Umaira’s mother Ashia Khatoon is 26 years old. She handles the responsibility of her 4 children and manages the household.

Right after Umaira was born, she would vomit a lot and frequently suffer from chest infections. When her parents took her for medical examination at GB Pant Hospital in Kashmir the doctor conducted an Echocardiography test. Post evaluation it was found out that Umaira was born with a Congenital Heart Defect. The doctor recommended that Umaira undergo a surgery for Ventricular Spetal Defect (VSD) Closure. The family was helpless, as they did not have money to support her medical treatment and were in urgent need of financial support.

Umaira’s family regularly visited GB Pant hospital.   One day a doctor informed them about a health camp being organized in the hospital by Rotary Club India and Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI).  At the camp, a team of doctors would examine the patients and recommend a few for surgery. The children would be treated free of cost with support from Rotary Club, Delhi and Fortis Foundation. Umaira attended the health camp and was asked to visit Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram for her surgery.

Umaira and her family consulted a Pediatric Cardiologist and CTVS surgeon in FMRI on 3rd January 2018. She was successfully operated on 9th January 2018.