2 Iraqi children get new lease at Sir Ganga Ram hospital

2 Iraqi children get new lease at Sir Ganga Ram hospital

Agency News

New Delhi, Aug 11 : Delhi-based Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has given a new lease of life to two children from Iraq after they were successfully operated upon for a cardiac surgery here.

After efforts by Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation (BHHF) based in Erbil, Iraq and Diya India Foundation, based in Delhi, two-year-old Staish Azad Khalil and seven-year-old Naveen Yaseen, who were suffering from advanced stage of cardiac diseases underwent successful surgery at the Sir Ganga Ram hospital for complex repair of heart.

About a fortnight back, doctors from the department of paediatric cardiac sciences at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital were contacted by two NGOs working in the war-torn area of Erbil, the capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan.

These organisations consulted Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, India's seeking help for cardiac treatment. The team of pediatric cardiac specialists accepted this challenge and invited these families.

The children were evaluated at SGRH and Staish was found to have a seriously malformed heart condition where half of her heart was missing congenitally. Owing to which there was a shortage of oxygen in her body. She was frequently turning blue and had a hard time breathing properly. After echocardiography & cardiac catheterization studies, it was ensured that a surgical option could be offered.

On July 22 , Dr. Raja Joshi and his team of doctors performed the first stage of complex repair of heart. After the surgery, Staish now has safe levels of oxygen in the body and normal breathing. She will come back for second and last stage of surgery after four years. She was discharged from the hospital on July 30.

Naveen was found to have a medically manageable problem and once therapy was successfully established, she also is deemed fit to fly back home.

Mother of Staish, Paiman Jawhar Mawlood expressed her heartfelt gratitude on successful treatment in India. “My heart is full of praise for warm hospitality given by Indian people and the hospital,” said Paiman.

“Such collaborative efforts between two international non-profit organisations along with the willingness of such state-of-the-art hospital are a welcome step,” said Abdulkareem Mohammed Yaseen, Naveen’s Father. (UNI)