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Helped by PM in the past, this Pune family carries forward the good work 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi provided financial help after a six-year-old girl suffering from a heart disease wrote him a letter. Now her family is assisting others get medical aid. 

pune Updated: Jul 19, 2017 11:45 IST
Jui Dharwadkar
Jui Dharwadkar
Hindustan Times, Pune
Prime Minister,Pune,Narendra Modi
Six-year-old Pune girl suffering from a heart disease had last year written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking financial help(PHOTO HT)

This city-based family who had sought the help of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the heart surgery treatment of their daughter last year is now helping others get access to medical treatment.

Six-year-old Pune girl suffering from a heart disease had last year written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking financial help, and the help was granted to her immediately following which she underwent a successful surgery.

Vaishali Yadav, who hails from a poor family, suffered from a hole in her heart. The gesture by the Prime Minister has made a huge impact on the family members of Vaishali. Her uncle Pratapsingh Yadav recently went out of his way to help 11-year-old Julkhairnain Qureshi who too was suffering from a hole in his heart .

Yadav said, “When my niece was to undergo a surgery I had just Rs 10 left with me. At that time Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped us. Our family will never forget this help granted to us. From that time onwards we decided that we will always try and provide support in our own way to those who need help.”

He added that Nasreen Qureshi who hails from Naldurg village in Osmanabad came to him recently and told him about her son’s critical condition.

“Qureshi was shown a few videos of my niece who received help from the Prime Minister. People around her told her to meet us. When she told me about her financial condition which was very grave and the condition of her son I immediately decided to help her,” said Yadav.

Yadav said that he came to know that Sahyadri Hospital could help with free surgery under the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana.

“We went to Sahyadri hospital and sought help. The surgery was carried out successfully and the boy is now out of danger,” he said.

Nasreen, who works as a domestic help said, “I was told that my son must undergo a surgery within three months. The cost for this operation was close to Rs 6 lakh which was impossible for me. But with the help of all those around me my son finally underwent the heart surgery at Sahyadri hospital for free. He is now fine and out of hospital. I am grateful to all, including Pratap Yadav, who has helped us a lot.”

Dr Rajesh Kaushish, head of department, cardiothoracic surgery, Sahyadri Hospitals, said, “The 11-year-old boy was suffering from Atrial septal defect (ASD) since birth. The patient required an immediate heart surgery as he had started developing pulmonary hypertension. The surgery was challenging because the child had an IVC type of defect that can be easily closed in a wrong manner. The surgery took around 2 hours and the boy was discharged 5 days after the operation. Though money was a major concern for the family, the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana (RGJAY) came to their rescue to help them financially and the boy was operated at Sahyadri Hospitals.”

First Published: Jul 12, 2017 23:44 IST