Momina Ijaz's Story
Momina Ijaz, aged 2, a resident of Lahore was suffering from cyanosis and difficulty in breathing since birth. Upon cardiac evaluation she was diagnosed with 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 optimised lifestyle are also a lifelong necessity. Since Momina Ijaz is too young to share her feelings, her father narrates their ordeal in the following words:
“Our daughter would fall ill repeatedly after her birth. She would cry and suffocate, and the color of her body also changed to blue. We got worried and took her to the doctor. There, after ECHO she was diagnosed with TOF. Now the doctors have advised TOF, due to financial constraints we were unable to bear the expenses of the surgical procedure. I am a labourer by profession and I earn PKR.15000 per month. We live in a joint family system, and I am providing for a family of five members including my parents, sister, wife and only child that is ill. In these circumstances facilitating my child’s treatment is out of the question.”
Luckily, now that Momina Ijaz and her 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 Momina Ijaz Tetralogy of Fallot repair, and assist her in cherishing the gift of life.
Momina Ijaz's Story
Momina Ijaz, a two-year-old resident of Lahore, had been enduring unimaginable breathing difficulties since birth. Upon workup, she was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). The doctor advised her to undergo Total correction for TOF after an Open Heart Surgery. Her parents could not afford the procedure so they contacted Transparent Hands for help. We were dedicated to help them and with your contributions and the help of Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation, we were able to do so. Hence, Momina was admitted to University of Lahore Teaching Hospital. She got her total correction surgery done by Dr. Salman A Shah on 12-11-2021 successfully. She was discharged after six days of hospital stay in a satisfactory condition. Momina Ijaz has now recovered and she is living with a healthy heart.