Iman Fatima's Story
Not even 30 months old and battling with immeasurable pain, Iman Fatima is a toddler who needs all the help you can give her. Iman suffers from a congenital disorder called anorectal malformation, and has already undergone one surgery when she was only eight months old. Since then, her life has been moving almost robot-like towards the second surgery that was advised back then by the doctors. Well, the time has come for that. Iman’s overall condition is perfect for the aforementioned surgery, her HB levels are great, and these adjectives reflect a picture-perfect situation. But there is a glitch, Iman’s family cannot book an appointment in a government hospital, which means they are short of funds required for an ASARP treatment.
An anorectal malformation refers to a defect that develops during pregnancy. The defective areas include the anus and rectum, which form the part of the lower digestive system. Among anorectal malformations (ARM), the rectovestibular fistula (RVF) is a common defect. The rectum opens immediately behind the hymen in the vestibule of the female genitalia in the case of RVF, a condition that demands surgical treatment. One method that has proven to be most effective in the treatment of RVF is ASARP. ASARP stands for anterior sagittal anorectoplasty, an effective approach used for recto-vestibular fistula repair. Briefly speaking, an ASARP allows a surgeon to cut the sphincter muscles longitudinally (from the anterior side) and then pass the rectum through central sphincters. Only a pediatric surgeon should perform this surgery. And while there are no doubts about the effectiveness of the procedure, one cannot hide the unpleasant reality of ASARP being an expensive treatment with glossy words. Iman’s family, for one, cannot afford the surgery that promises an end to 2½ years old girl.
“A general store that doesn’t yield more than 10,000 PKR/month and our father’s house is all we have (says Iman’s father). Life has been uncertain financially, especially of late. But being unable to do anything that rids my daughter of pain this disorder is inflicting on her extremely disturbing. I would have sounded a lot more depressed, had it not been for the kind folks at Transparent Hands, who are the only hope I have got right now”
You read that right. Transparent Hands is going to do all it can to help Iman Fatima. But we are going to need your help as well. As much as you can. The best way of helping, you ask? Donate for Iman Fatima’s ASARP NOW!
Disclaimer: Transparent Hands makes sure that all the patients get surgery in time. If a patient requires urgent surgery and his/her condition is serious, Transparent Hands conducts the surgery immediately. In the meantime, his/her campaign stays active on the website until we raise the complete funding. The hospitals on our panel have complete trust in us and wait for the payments until the patient's funding is completed.
Iman Fatima's Story
Iman Fatima, 2.6 years old, was born with an anorectal malformation (ARM) called recto-vestibular fistula. The doctors performed a colostomy on her, when she was only 8 months old. Later, on a follow up appointment, the consultants advised another surgery to correct her deformity. For this purpose, Iman was admitted to Akram Medical Complex and her Posterior Sagittal Anorectoplasty (PSARP) was performed by Dr. M. Bilal Mirza on 22.02.2021. She stayed in the hospital for four days and was discharged in a stable condition. Iman’s post-operative recovery has been remarkable. Her parents are satisfied with her treatment regimen.