Rabia Akram's Story
“I am 26 years old and have been suffering from this heart disease since birth. When I was little, I had no idea what was happening to me. But ever since I realized that something is wrong with my heart, I’ve not been able to sleep well. There are days when I’m rushed to the hospital because of sudden chest pain in the middle of the night. I’ve lost all hopes in life. I don’t think I’ll be able to live longer.” – Rabia Akram
Rabia Akram is 26 years old patient of Mitral Stenosis since birth. In mitral stenosis, the mitral valve, which connects the left and the right ventricle is narrowed. Because of this condition, the patient has a weak heart and not able to live an active life.
Rabia was diagnosed with this disease when she was born but unfortunately, she could not get required treatment because of poor financial condition. She lives with her mother and two brothers. Her father died ten years ago. Her elder brother is the sole breadwinner of the family and earns 12,000 PKR per month. They all live in a small house in a village of Gujrat, Punjab.
Rabia started feeling exertion, difficulty in breathing, heart pain, discomfort, wheezing, coughing and more symptoms when her condition started to get worse. She somehow managed to survive all these years on medication but now, she cannot even walk a few steps.
Fortunately, someone told them about Transparent Hands and they came all the way from Gujrat to Lahore for her surgery.
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Doctors have warned Rabia’s family that she might not make it if she doesn’t get the surgical treatment as soon as possible. She needs a Mitral Valve Replacement to survive. Donate and save her life!
Rabia Akram's Story
Rabia Akram, 26 years old, presented with dyspnoea on mild exertion for 1 year. Her condition was investigated and found to be rheumatic heart disease- mitral stenosis (MS) and mitral regurgitation (MR). She was advised open heart surgery and replacement of her mitral valve. She was operated on at National Hospital by Dr. Ahmed Shehzad on 11-10-19. Her mitral valve was replaced. She recovered well after the surgery and was discharged in good health after 5 days of hospital stay.