“Tumhe aur kya doon main dil ke siva, tumko hamari umar lag jaye”. This was the popular Hindi film song on the lips of famous child singer from the City Palak Muchchal when she announced to help a 21-month-old Pakistani girl Hansa who needs a heart transplant.
Palak’s name and fame that she helps children with congenital heart diseases reached Salonibai and Prakash Kumar, a young couple in Gambat city of Sindh Province in Pakistan, who were leading restless life after their daughter Hansa was detected with pulmonary vascular disease.
“The news offered a ray of hope to us as no solution was in sight in Pakistan. If we had tried for government help, it would have been an endless wait, possibly something my daughter cannot afford,” Prakash Kumar told media persons at the Indore Press Club here on Wednesday.
“After trying hard, we were able to reach Palak, who assured all possible help and asked us to get our visa marked for Indore,” Prakash, who works in a private trust hospital, said.
Though a problem since birth, Hansa’s problem was evident only when she was three months old but following poor health facilities, her problem was detected only after two more months had elapsed.
“However, it was only after the doctors here checked her that we could know the gravity of the situation,” he added. The couple is hopeful that Hansa would soon be able to lead a normal life.
Palak, who has helped 236 children with heart problems till date, adds, “We asked them to come to Indore where we showed the child to the doctors. Dr Dheeraj Gandhi and Dr Vidyut Jain carried out a thorough examination when
it became clear that the only solution for her problem is a heart transplant.”The reports were then shown to specialists all over India including AIIMS, New Delhi, at Pune, Bangalore and Nagpur too.
“Unfortunately, this kind of transplant is not possible in India and would have to be done in a developed country,” Palak said adding, “I am going on a tour to New Zealand and Nigeria. I would find out from the doctors there what are the possibilities.”
“We also plan to send the report to England and New York and once we come to know that an operation for heart transplant is possible, I would organise funds for it through stage show,” Palak, who has made it a mission of her life to help poor children with heart diseases, added.
The young couple said they were overwhelmed by the hospitality received at Indore. “This is just like our home, we don’t find ourselves like outsiders,” said Solonibai, who was almost in tears while describing the condition of her child.
The operation would require about Rs 5 lakh for which apart from Palak, many Samaritans have come forward to help Hansa.
“I have not lost hope. I am sure, Hansa my sister would be able to lead a normal life,” Palak said.Possibly a new CBM (Confidence building measure) between India and Pakistan, Palak says, “Children are children, may be Indian, may be Pakistani. I would be happy to be part of such an act which hopefully would break down th barriers between the two countries.”