‘History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.’ Nelson Mandela
This is the remarkable success story of the young and brave little 4-year-old, Abdul Wahid, with Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation (PCHF). At such a tender age, Abdul was diagnosed with a Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) known as Tetralogy Of Fallot (TOF). His parents were absolutely devastated and couldn’t imagine a life without him. They were desperate to save the precious life of their child.
In TOF, four related heart defects change the way blood flows to the lungs and through the heart. It is repaired through open-heart surgery soon after birth or later in infancy. In most cases of TOF, too little blood goes to the lungs. This low-oxygen blood then circulates to the rest of the body, and too little oxygen reaches the body tissues. Babies with TOF often have cyanosis, a blue or purple tint to the baby’s skin, lips and fingernails.
PCHF provides the highest quality of care for children with heart disease, irrespective of their financial means. Each 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 PCHF steps in.
Abdul Wahid’s family brought him to PCHF, all the way from Pakpattan, with tremendously high hopes, looking to end their enormous plight. Abdul’s father, Muneer Ahmed, works as a labourer, and his wife, Nasreen Akhter, is a housewife. Thankfully, their prayers were answered as their child’s surgery was scheduled through a swift, smooth and extremely efficient process, funded entirely by PCHF. The surgery was blessedly a success, and after a few days in the hospital under the special care of our brilliant team of healthcare professionals, Abdul was discharged. Muneer and Nasreen are now proud parents of a CHD warrior.
PCHF made a real difference in the lives of Abdul and his family. Together, they can now dream of living an amazing life. PCHF, and more importantly, the children with CHD vitally require your support. Legendary Pakistani cricketer, Misbah Ul Haq, has also joined PCHF on the journey to conquering CHD in Pakistan, by helping build Pakistan’s first dedicated, state-of-the-art Children’s Heart Hospital and Research Institute (CHHRI).
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