Samreen Sadiq's Story
Samreen, a 17-year-old resident of Skardu, has been suffering from dyspnea and cyanosis since she was born. Her parents took her to the hospital when she was two years old. After consultation and some diagnostic tests, the doctor diagnosed her with complex heart conditions, including a univentricular heart, a double outlet right ventricle (DORV), and pulmonary stenosis (PS). On the advice of her cardiologist, she underwent open-heart surgery with a bilateral BD shunt. After going through such a major operation her condition improved for subsequent surgeries.
She had been advised to undergo angiography and redo open-heart surgery for the FONTAN procedure. Therefore, they reached out to Transparent Hands again for financial assistance. She was admitted to Ittefaq Hospital, Lahore, where her angiography was performed on 16-08-2022.
The results of Samreen’s angiography were promising. The report revealed a univentricular heart with right ventricular morphology, exhibiting good function. The bilateral BD (Bilateral Bidirectional) Glenn shunt, created during the previous surgery, was patented and demonstrated a well-sized confluent branch pulmonary artery (PAs). The findings also indicated that Samreen’s pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP) was suitable for the subsequent FONTAN procedure.
Despite the medical recommendation for a redo open-heart surgery, Samreen’s family made a personal decision not to proceed with this intervention. Nonetheless, she remained under observation and care at the hospital for eight days following the angiography. Throughout her journey, Samreen expressed immense gratitude towards Transparent Hands and all the donors who generously supported her during these challenging times. Their financial assistance played a significant role in enabling her to access vital medical interventions, bringing her closer to a healthier and brighter future.