Pakistani couple expressed their deepest gratitude to the Indian Government and the whole of the medical staff of a Noida city Hospital, after the successful heart surgery of their four month old toddler. According to the doctors, Rohaan (the infant) had a hole in his heart, his Aorta and Pulmonary Arteries were positioned exactly opposite to the general structure of the human body, and his heart was pumping oxygen less blood, thus his body was turning blue. He was also suffering from continuous bouts of pneumonia.
Despite of the unrest relationship with Pakistan, the couple finally got the medical visa after the personal intervention of the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, after infant’s father, Kamal Siddiq had tweeted Swaraj and Sartaj Aziz, foreign affairs advisor about the delays in acquiring the Indian permit. He with teary eyes, conveyed his heartfelt thanks to the nation and to Sushma Swaraj by saying that “the big heart of Sushma Swaraj is now pumping blood into Rohaan veins”. And also requested to open doors for the other Pakistanis seeking for medical help in India.
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A civil engineer by profession, Kamal Siddiqui, unable to get a proper treatment in Pakistan, started looking for medical help in UAE and other countries. And finally settled to render his trust to Indian doctors and advanced medical treatment here. He with his wife, Anam Siddiq, brought their son to Jaypee Hospital in Noida on June 12.
On June 14, exhaustive five hours heart surgery was performed, initially treating with an arterial switch with VSD closure method. In the surgery, the Aorta and Pulmonary Arteries were removed from their place and adjusted to their right place. And later, Rohaan was shifted to ICU and was put on ventilator support. He was given a high calorie and high protein diet through nasogastric (NG) intubation feeding, for the speedy recovery.
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Rohaan is now healthy enough to travel back to his country. Overwhelmed father, wants to dedicate his life towards raising awareness for a healthy heart and to promote awareness among people on the need to take care of one’s heart from an early age. He also wishes to form an organisation in Lahore to take this cause forward.