Muhammad Ahmed's Story
Muhammad Ahmed, aged 2, from Lahore, has Down’s syndrome and is also suffering from Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). TOF, is a congenital heart defect termed Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). The said heart defect has four characteristics that reveal the complicated nature of the disease and the impact it leaves on the body and life of the patient. Ventricular septal defect (VSD) or a hole between the two bottom chambers (the ventricles) of the heart that eject blood to the body and lungs; Overriding aorta on top of both ventricles, instead of just the left ventricle unlike the normal heart; pulmonary stenosis or narrowing of the pulmonary valve; Hypertrophy or thickness of the right ventricle that results from heart’s exhaustive work to pump blood through the narrow pulmonary valve. TOF can only be cured via surgical procedure in which different defects are repaired after open heart surgery. A child who has had surgical repair of TOF, requires lifelong care and examinations by a cardiologist. Medication and an optimized lifestyle are also a lifelong necessity. Muhammad Ahmed is currently struggling to go beyond the initial stage of treatment. Since Muhammad he is too young to share his feelings, his mother narrates the exhausting journey of his brief life in the following words:
“My child suffers from Down’s Syndrome. At first I thought lethargy and breathlessness to be related to the said condition. I took my son to the doctor for a routine checkup where he was diagnosed with TOF. Due to his age the doctors could not perform a surgery. Presently, he is getting critical by day and needs to undergo the surgery on an urgent basis. Due to financial constraints we can not afford an open-heart surgery. My husband who is a cancer patient is only working for our child as a tube well operator at the University of Education Lahore. With an income of PKR. 15,000, a debt worth PKR. 250,000 to pay and a family of seven members to provide for, we can not afford our son’s treatment.”
Luckily, now that Muhammad Ahmed and his family have been connected with Transparent Hands, you can make this procedure possible. Transparent Hands will collaborate with The Pakistan Children Heart foundation to cover the medical expenses. But it doesn’t mean we will not be needing you. Generously donate for Muhammad Ahmed’s Tetralogy of Fallot repair, and assist him in cherishing the gift of breath.
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