After her stitches were removed on Saturday morning, Ramrati, 42, with her husband, Bhawanidin, took the afternoon train to her home in district Hamirpur, Madhya Pradesh.
Thanks to HT’s report, Ramrati, who had been living under a tree and inside an unused public urinal outside the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for more than three months to get a surgery date for her damaged heart-valve, was operated at a private hospital for free.
Dr A Sampath Kumar, former head of the cardiac surgery department at AIIMS, who also was part of the team that operated on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2009, offered to do the valve replacement surgery a day after reading the HT report on August 3.
The surgery that took place on August 8 at Pushpanjali Crosslay Hospital near Ghaziabad was a high risk surgery, as the 5’4” tall Ramrati weighed a mere 31kgs. “She has had a smooth recovery. She just needs to come for a follow up after a month now,” said Dr Kumar.
The couple is happy to be heading home. “We can’t thank the doctors enough. But the joy of going back home is inexpressible,” said Ramrati.
Rheumatic heart disease led to the damage of Ramrati’s valve. The disease is the most common cause for heart-valve damage. Nearly 60 lakh suffer from damaged heart vale in the country.