by Sanjay Dhadwal

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About the project :

Pooja, 8 Year girl child from West Delhi came in the Free OPD of the Child Heart Foundation for ECHO test referred from Safdarjung Hospital Delhi. Pooja born with a large PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosus). Normally the heart's left side only pumps blood to the body, and the right side only pumps blood to the lungs. But in Pooja’s Case, due to her hole (PDA) the extra blood being pumped into the lung arteries makes the heart and lungs work harder and the lungs can become congested. Due to which, she breathes faster and harder than normal and not growing as per the growth & standards of her age. She also faces recurrent episodes of pneumonia.

Although, if the PDA is small, it doesn’t make the heart work harder and close on their own within a few months of being born. But as the PDA is large in case of Pooja, treating doctors suggested her a device closure which will cost Rs. 2,00,000. If the hole remains open, it may cause permanent damage to the lung blood vessels. The long-term outlook of the surgery is good and Pooja will not require any treatment in the future for her heart. She will not need any special precautions regarding physical activity and can participate in normal activities without increased risk.

Her father works as a daily labourer and earns around Rs. 200 to 250. His income depends on the availability of work & his ability to perform work. Her father (Shankar) earlier works as an electrician and met with an accident in 2006. Due to which, he is unable to perform actively as he is partially paralysed. To bear the monthly expenses, his wife (Mangla) started working as a domestic servant in the nearby colonies and manages to earn around Rs. 5,000 a month.

The family is unable to support the surgical expenses of Pooja due to their ill financial condition.

Kindly come forward and gift Pooja a gift of healthy life.

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