Another Pakistan boy with heart ailment gets a fresh lease of life in Noida hospital
Three-year-old Mohammad Bilal underwent a surgery for a congenital heart disease in July. He was discharged last week and he flew back with his family to his home in Lahore.Updated: Aug 04, 2017, 21:49 IST
Amid the prevailing tension between India and Pakistan, humanity once again came to the rescue of a Pakistani child who was recently treated at a Noida hospital for a heart ailment.
Three-year-old Mohammad Bilal underwent a surgery for a congenital heart disease in July. He was discharged last week and he flew back with his family to his home in Lahore.
Bilal’s father Mohammad Azhar (38) thanked the Indian government and the doctors at Jaypee Hospital in Noida sector 128 who saved his son’s life.
“I am really happy I took a call to visit India for my child’s treatment. I used to have sleepless nights thinking about my baby. I am really thankful to doctors who have given a second life to Bilal,” said Azhar.
Due to the tension between the two neighbours, acquiring a visa for Pakistani citizens to travel to India had become difficult. But the Indian government had been soft on toddlers who require immediate medical attention.
Bilal’s surgery comes on the heels of another successful operation of a four-month-old from Lahore -- Rohaan -- who had multiple holes in his heart and was suffering from pneumonia. Rohaan’s parents had difficulty getting a medical visa to India. But external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj intervened after which the Lahore-based family could come to India.
According to doctors, Bilal was suffering from a heart condition called UHL’s anomaly, which causes improper flow of blood in the heart.
“There are two chambers on both sides of the human heart, which are of the same size. But in Bilal’s case, the muscles of his right chamber became weak and got enlarged. Due to this, pressure was built up on the left chamber. As a result, the child’s heart was not functioning properly and the pumped blood was unable to reach the child’s lungs,” said Dr Rajesh Sharma, director, paediatric cardiac surgery.
Sharma said Bilal was treated in a five-hour operation that required precision and perseverance.
“This disease was treated with the Fontan procedure and right ventricle exclusion from circulation method. Under this procedure, the entire blue blood of the child’s body was pumped directly into his lungs through a tube and the right chamber of the heart is removed. The surgery took about 5 hours.”
Due to prolonged illness, Bilal had become weak and was kept on ventilator for four days after the surgery.