Healing hearts: Two boys from J&K operated on at CMCH

Mohammad Irfan, 7, and Janu Sharma, 6, from Jammu are normal boys now. They were suffering from congenital cyanotic heart disease, which simply means that they had a hole in the heart.

Irfan, the only child of his parents, is a resident of Batoi in Jammu and Kashmir. Batoi is a small village located 8 km from the nearest town of Mahore in Reasi district. It takes two hours to reach his house on foot. Janu Sharma, another boy from Akhnoor, had also been waiting for treatment for the past two years for want of funds.

Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in Sarh had taken up their cases for the past two years because each operation was to cost more than Rs 2.5 lakh, and the poor families with a monthly income of about Rs 3,000 were not able to afford it. Through the active co-ordination by Rashtriya Rifles Battalion, the little patients visited Kolkata under Operation Sadbhavna along with a few more kids. Finally, Kolkata-based NGO Rotary Human Foundation came forward to support the treatment of Janu and Irfan, who were brought to CMCH. The kids were operated by Dr HS Bedi, chief cardiac surgeon CMCH, about a week back, and now they are doing well.

Dr Bedi said, "Rs 50,000 each was given by Rotary Human Foundation for both children while Rs 2 lakh each was contributed by CMC Gift of Life Trust, which has been formed by CMC alumni based in India and abroad."

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