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Pakistani girl gets heart transplant in India

The cost of the surgery was borne by Aishwaryam Trust
Ayesha Rashan (R) with her mother Sanobar. Photo via India Today
Ayesha Rashan (R) with her mother Sanobar. Photo via India Today

A teenage girl from Pakistan has got her heart transplant from a donor in Delhi, across the border, getting a second chance in life.

Nineteen-year-old Ayesha Rashan had been battling heart disease for ten years. In 2014, she visited India and had a heart pump implanted to assist her failing heart. Unfortunately, the device was not effective, and doctors advised that a heart transplant was necessary to save her life.

Ayesha Rashan’s family sought the expertise of Dr. KR Balakrishnan, Director of the Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant, and Dr. Suresh Rao, Co-Director, at MGM Healthcare Hospital in Chennai.

The medical team determined that a heart transplant was required as the heart pump had developed a leak. Ayesha was placed on an Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) procedure.

However, the family expressed concerns about the financial burden of the transplant, as they were unable to afford the approximately Rs 35 lakh required for the process.

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The medical team then connected the family with the Aishwaryam Trust, which provided financial assistance.

Six months ago, Ayesha Rashan received a heart from Delhi, and the transplant surgery was performed free of charge at MGM Healthcare after her 18-month stay in the country.

Ayesha expressed her joy and gratitude, thanking the Indian government and the doctors for their support.

Ayesha’s mother, Sanobar, shared that Ayesha’s condition had deteriorated to just 10 percent vitality when they arrived in India, but has now been given a new lease on life.

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