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Finally, life-saving heart surgery for four-year-old Manish

Four-year-old Manish Kumar has been waiting for funds to get his heart condition fixed for over three years, as his parents couldn’t afford to pay Rs 3 lakh that were needed for the surgery.

health Updated: May 02, 2017 11:10 IST
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Manish Kumar in hospital in New Delhi. He will undergo surgery to repair congenital heart abnormalities(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

New Delhi: Four-year-old Manish Kumar was admitted at a city hospital on Monday for a surgery to fix his congenital heart condition, two months after HT wrote about how his poor parents couldn’t afford the surgery.

Apart from Manish, HT had also highlighted similar case of one-year-old Aayat Imtiyaz, who underwent surgery last month.

Manish was admitted on Monday at Max Hospital in Saket under Dr Kulbhushan S Dagar, director- neonatal & congenital heart surgery, who leads the team that will be operating on him.

Manish is likely to be operated on Wednesday. Before the surgery, he is lined up for an angiography— an imaging technique used to visualize the inside of blood vessels and organs of the body, particularly the arteries, veins, and the heart chambers.

“He is three plus which is of a little concern as the ideal age for this kind of repair is before three years but he is stable and doctors are hopeful that it will work well,” said R Srivatsan from Genesis Foundation, an NGO that works for getting such babies treated.

The Aligarh resident suffers from a congenital heart defect for which ideal age to get operated is bewteen six months to a year, but for lack of funds the surgery had not yet happened.

And it would not have happened anytime soon as his labourer parents, who earn about Rs 3,000 a month, were not able to pay more than Rs 3lakh that was needed to fix his heart.

Luckily, he found help in the form of Genesis Foundation.

“After HT helped generate a part of the amount, we also picthed in and pooled in money through various CSR initiatives. Government hospitals have a long wait period for surgeries, and private hospitals most of these families cannot afford,” said Srivatsan.

Manish is already at a stage where he cannot walk more than a few steps without feeling breathless.

He suffers from a condition called double outlet right ventricle (DORV), ventricular septal defect (VSD) with pulmonary stenosis, which in layman’s term means he has a hole in the heart along with other cardiac anomalies that is causing a mix up of pure and impure blood.

Also, not enough blood is reaching his lungs for purification because of the constricted vessels.

“Once operated these kids lead an absolutely normal life. The surgery has got 97% success rate. However, most of the children don’t make it in time because of lack of awareness and lack of funds,” says Dr Dagar.

Of all the children with congenital heart defects that surgeons get, as high as 40% should have been operated earlier say experts.

It is not a rare condition as 8 babies per 1000 live births will have a heart defect, and 3 will be in a critical condition.


Help Manish Kumar: If you want to contribute to pay for the surgery, send cheque in favour of Genesis Foundation (registered under section 12A and 80G of the Income Tax Act, which entitles 50% tax exemption). For online payment: IDBI Bank; Account number: 038104000103206; IFSC Code: IBKL0000038.

First Published: May 02, 2017 11:10 IST