Farhad Ikhlaq's Story
5-year-old Farhad Ikhlaq was born with sensorineural hearing loss but his condition was only discovered at the age of 6 months when his parents consulted a doctor due to his unresponsiveness to even the loudest of sounds. Initially, his condition was treated with a hearing aid but Farhad couldn’t pick up sounds even after using the aid for almost half a year. His ENT specialist then recommended for a cochlear implant to help him get hearing ability.
The implant surgery is too costly for Farhad’s father, who only makes 15,000 PKR monthly, working as a daily wager. 3500 PKR are paid in rent for the small house that this family lives in. The rest is spent very frugally in order to meet the day-to-day expenses of living in the expensive city of Rawalpindi with a family of 5 to support.
“I moved here from my village because my children were starving and it was the only place I could find a job. But everything here, including healthcare, is so very costly and beyond my reach. I could work for years and still not be able to get the necessary treatment for Farhad. But if there is even the smallest chance that a whole community could help him out, I will take it for the sake of my son’s future. I really hope the TH community can help him.” – Farhad’s father
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Updates & Timeline
Update on Farhad Ikhlaq's Surgery
07 Oct 2020
Farhad Ikhlaq, 6.5 years old, had sensorineural hearing loss since birth. In order to develop his hearing, he was advised to get a cochlear implant surgery in which a small electronic device is attached to the ear which electrically stimulates the nerve for hearing. His operation was done by Dr Naveed Aslam on 30-09-20 at National Defence Hospital, Lahore. After the procedure, he recovered well and was discharged after a day of being admitted in the hospital and was asked to come for a follow-up visit after 6 weeks for the fixation of an external component of the device.
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Farhad Ikhlaq's Story
Farhad Ikhlaq, 5.5 years old, had sensorineural hearing loss since birth. In order to develop his sense of hearing, he was advised to have a cochlear implant surgery. His operation was performed by Dr. Naveed Aslam on 30-09-2020 in National Hospital & Medical Center, Lahore. The internal component of the implant was fixed in this surgery behind Farhad’s ear. He recovered well from the procedure and was discharged after one day of hospital stay. He was given follow up advice to come back after 6 weeks for fixation of the external component of this device. The external component has also been installed now by Dr. Atif Ikram on 28-12-2020. Farhad has started hearing and responding to sounds. He is on regular follow ups by the audiologist.