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“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” – John F. Kennedy 

 

Since our inception in 2012, we at Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation (PCHF) have helped 3200+ children get heart surgery for Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) at a total cost of over PKR 1.2 billion. This is the #SuccessStory of Huriya, a #CHDWarrior at just 10 months. 

 

She was diagnosed with a potentially fatal CHD called a Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), in which a hole occurs in the septum (wall) that separates the heart’s lower ventricles (chambers) and allows blood to pass from the left to the right side of the heart. The oxygen-rich blood then gets pumped back to the lungs instead of out to the body, causing the heart to work harder. 

 

Huriya’s parents were absolutely devastated when they found out about her disease just a few months after birth. What compounded their misery was the fact that she would need life-saving heart surgery. The thought of their infant daughter going through such a complex procedure at a tender age left them in a state of immense anguish. 

 

To make matters even worse, they could not afford her treatment either. Huriya’s father works as a government employee and had limited resources at his disposal. He solely supports his entire family, which includes his wife and 5 children, and was in desperate need of financial support. 

 

After visiting various hospitals, Huriya’s family were constantly let down and always left distraught. However, one day they came across our organization’s vibrant social media profiles and that’s when they decided to pay us a visit. Fortunately for them, they came to the perfect place to alter the course of their lives. 

 

Every year around 60,000 children are born with CHD in Pakistan, and a large majority of these children are unable to get the treatment required, due to lack of facilities, personnel and the high costs involved. That is where we step in. We provide the highest quality of care for children with heart disease, irrespective of their financial means. 

 

After a swift patient registration process at our head office located inside the University Of Lahore (UOL), right next to the construction site of our hospital, Huriya’s surgery was scheduled at our very own Child Heart Centre at the University of Lahore Teaching Hospital (ULTH). Following regular follow-ups, all hospital related formalities were also taken care of by our tremendous team.   

 

Thanks to the support of our generous donors, all of the required funds were successfully arranged as well. With renowned healthcare professionals ready to carry out the surgery at our world-class setup with state-of-the-art facilities, the prayers of Huriya’s loved ones were all that was needed now.     

  

After an extremely intricate procedure which lasted a few hours, the surgery blessedly turned out to be a resounding success! A life full of boundless possibilities was now awaiting Huriya. Her family, especially her inspirational father, felt eternally grateful and wished our organization the very best in the future for all our projects. 

 

For CHD affected families, no matter how hard things get, no matter how impossible things may seem, we are here for you. Our goal is to ensure that not a single child suffering from CHD in Pakistan remains untreated.  

  

Legendary Pakistani cricketer, Misbah Ul Haq, is also alongside us on our journey to conquering CHD in Pakistan, by helping build the nation’s first dedicated, state-of-the-art Children’s Heart Hospital & Research Institute (CHHRI), as a PCHF Board Member.  

  

You can also join us and donate towards children’s heart surgeries or hospital construction at:  

https://www.pchf.org.pk/donate  

  

#PlayYourPartSaveLittleHearts #MySecondInnings  

#CHD #CHDAwareness #ConqueringCHD #1in100  

#Hero4HeartKids #CHDCare4Life #ACHD  

#Cardiology #Cardiovascular #Pediatric   

#Donate #Charity #Zakat #Hajj  

#PCHF #CHHRI 

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