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PCHF funded surgeries of two CHD children of Shah Buksh from Sukkur, action taken on ARY News

In a society where having high ambition is considered daydreaming or insanity, we start assuming same and are let down by the strings attached to us. Still there are number of people who break the societal shackles and believe what they aimed for and give their level best to achieve success. Similar story is of Shah Buksh, who was resident of small area near Sukkur. His two kids were facing difficulty in living a normal life which compelled Shah to take them to nearby Hospital.

After several tests he came to know that his both kids have issue with their heart. This news was enough to shatter the parents. Shah was from remote area, and was trying to fulfill basic needs for his family. Luckily a TV channel “ARY Networks” aired a report, showing children of Shah and his appeal to help his children to get treatment. Media is a power house, it can sometime do miracles and that’s what happened with Shah and people concerned with Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation (PCHF) found out about Shah and his children.

Efforts were made to track and get in touch with journalist from Sindh “Sehrish Khokhar” who made the report. PCHF contacted Sehrish and she provided contact number and details of Shah Buksh. PCHF members talked to Shah and asked him to WhatsApp reports, for further evaluation of the case. Shah was asked to reach Lahore. Due to extreme poverty this was one of those cases in which PCHF was funding not only full treatment of both children but also helping family in accommodation, food and travel.

Younger child was operated before the elder one. Younger one case was less complicated than the elder brother. Ultimately all is well if the end is good and that’s what happened with Shah; both of his son’s surgeries were done in a private hospital of Lahore by cardiac surgeons Dr. Salman Shah and Dr. Asim Khan.

Shah Buksh upon discharge of his children from hospital returned home. Hopefully he will live a happy life ahead with his family.

Media played a great role in highlighting the case and allowing PCHF to reach out to the family. We are thankful to all those who played their part in this case.

Mehwish Mukhtar a CHD child mother from PCHF news desk.

MoU Signing Ceremony Held between Sybrid Private Limited and Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation (PCHF)

Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation and Sybrid Private Limited Join Hands to Create Social Impact

MoU Signing Ceremony Held between Sybrid Private Limited and Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation (PCHF)

17 April 2018, Islamabad – Sybrid Private Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation (PCHF), which is involved with improving access to quality pediatric cardiac care. The signing ceremony was held at Sybrid’s Islamabad office, where senior executives from both organizations were present.

At the ceremony, CEO PCHF Farhan Ahmad shared his vision for his organization and laid out a plan to achieve their goals. CEO Sybrid Ather Imran also shared his vision and plan for serving the society and creating a social impact. Sybrid will be providing its call center services to PCHF to help the latter raise awareness of heart diseases and achieve its goals.

Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation (PCHF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish a state-of-the-art medial facility that provides high-quality care to children with heart diseases, irrespective of their financial status. Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation financially supported 1000+ deserving children born with Congenital Heart Defects. It also aims to serve as a model of excellence and train healthcare professionals, raise awareness among the public, and promote research into the causes and management of congenital heart disease.

Sybrid Private Limited is a part of well renowned Lakson Group of Companies and is a technological and outsourcing company with offices in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore. Its mission is to be a socially responsible BPO organization while providing state-of-the-art services.

Press release: 1st Medical Mission organized by Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation for Pediatric Cardiology Capacity Building

March 31st, 2018

Pediatric Cardiac Capacity Building Medical Mission performed 39 cardiac interventions and children heart surgeries during last 4 days:

A 14-member medical mission performed 31 interventions & 8 complex cardiac surgeries at Children Hospital and Institute of Child Health Lahore and Faisalabad Institute of Cardiology over the last 4 days. This was told by the dean Children Hospital Prof Masood Sadiq in a medical briefing and Prof. Anjum Jalal at Faisalabad. The CEO of the Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation Mr. Farhan Ahmad briefed that the purpose of the pediatric medical mission is capacity building for local team and working on long term Host & Guest relation between world renowned Pediatric Cardiac Surgeons, Interventional Cardiologist and their counter parts in Pakistan.

The key feature has been Nikaidoh Procedure for the Correction of Transposition of the Great Arteries, Ventricular Septal Defect and Pulmonary Stenosis and the child was extubated within 12 hours and doing fine at Faisalabad. The use of ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane Oxygenation) on a child after surgery whose heart stopped working. This has been used for the first time in any public sector hospital in Pakistan. This mission is visiting Pakistan organized in collaboration with Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation.

The medical mission includes prestigious Cardiac surgeons, Cardiologists, Intensivists, anaesthesiologists, nurses, respiratory therapists and technicians from different countries mainly Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Canada and USA. Nationalities.

Few of the members include Dr. Salahuddin Ahmad, Chief of Cardiac Surgery having 20 years of experience in his career and right now he is working in Hamad Medical Qatar since 2012. Dr. Younes Boudjemline, Paediatric Cardiologist & Director of the Catheterization Laboratories, Paediatric Cardiology, in Sidra Medicine Qatar having 15 years of experience in career in Paris France. Dr. Arif Hussain working as Paediatric Cardiologist in IWK Children Hospital & Associate Professor of Paediatrics Dalhousie University Canada serving from last 30 years. Dr. Saif Ur Rehman, Peads Cardiac Anaesthesiologist in King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Director Morbidity and Mortality conference in Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Missouri USA having 14 years of experience in career. Ms. Julianne Koehler Metcalf, Clinical Educator, PICU currently working in Sidra Medical Centre Qatar and served in different institutions as Nurse Educator, Cardiac Intensive Care and Heart Institute in USA. Dr. Babur Raffique is an Associate Professor of Anaesthesiology and started his career in 2004 as assistant Professor and now serving in UT Health McGovern Medical School USA.

The international team was warmly welcomed by the local team of professionals including Prof. Masood Sadiq, Dean Children’s Hospital, Dr. Asim Khan, Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon, Dr. Salman Shah, Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon, Dr. Najam Hayder, Pediatric Cardiologist in Lahore & Prof. Anjum Jalal Executive Director, FIC, Dr. Zaigham Rasul & Dr. Abdul Razzaq Mughal, Pediatric Cardiologist at Faisalabad.

Mission did not charge any money for the visit and was here on humanitarian grounds. The local arrangements were done by Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation Pakistan and PCHF North America in collaboration with Children Hospital in Lahore and Faisalabad institute of Cardiology at Faisalabad.

Alhamdolillah, after months and months of efforts on convincing local and the international team, this mission has been, a great success and we would like to continue this for the other public & private hospital as the shortage of manpower for specialized health care can only be taken care by such missions. This was stated by Dr. Saif Rehman the chief of Medical Mission. Currently there are less than 10 Pediatric Cardiac Surgeons and less than 30 Cardiologists working in 8 public & private hospitals where more than 50,000 kids are born every year with Congenital Heart Defect in Pakistan.
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