The Success Story Of A 6-Year-Old CHD Warrior, Hania Zahra

‘History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.’ Nelson Mandela

Since our inception in 2012, we have helped 2305 children get heart surgery. This is the tremendous success story of an incredibly brave child, Hania Zahra, who is only 6 years old. Hania was diagnosed with a Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) known as Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). Her parents were absolutely stunned and terrified. They were willing to do whatever it took to save their little girl.

PDA is an unclosed hole in the aorta. Before a baby is born, the fetus’s blood does not need to go to the lungs to get oxygenated. The ductus arteriosus is a hole that allows the blood to skip the circulation to the lungs. However, when the baby is born, the blood must receive oxygen in the lungs and this hole is supposed to close. If it is still open the blood may skip this necessary step of circulation.

We provide 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 we step in.

Hania Zahra’s family made the long journey to us, all the way from Skardu. They came full of optimism, and were hopeful of ending their hardship. Hania’s father, Shahid Hussain, is currently unemployed, and her mother, Nasima Shahid, is a housewife. Thankfully, their prayers were answered as the surgery was scheduled through a swift, smooth and extremely efficient process. Blessedly, her surgery was a success, and after a few days in the hospital under the special care of our brilliant team of healthcare professionals, she was discharged. Shahid and Nasima are now proud parents of a CHD warrior.

We made a real difference in the lives of Hania Zahra and her family. Together, they can now dream of living a wonderful life. Thousands of children like Hania, who are the future of our country, vitally require your support. Legendary Pakistani cricketer, Misbah Ul Haq, has also joined us on the journey to conquering CHD in Pakistan, by helping build the nation’s first dedicated, state-of-the-art Children’s Heart Hospital and Research Institute (CHHRI).

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