Ayesha Shokat's Story
Ayesha Shokat, aged 2 years, a resident of Rawalpindi was suffering from dyspnea on mild exertion since birth. Upon cardiac assessment, she was diagnosed with ventricular septal defect (VSD). She was advised by her cardiologist to undergo open heart surgery for VSD closure. For this purpose, she was admitted to The University Of Lahore Teaching Hospital Lahore, where Dr. Salman Ahmad Shah performed open heart surgery for VSD closure on 18.03.2021. After five days of hospital stay Ayesha Shokat was discharged in a satisfactory condition. The surgery was conducted with the support of Pakistan Children Heart foundation and other donors. A child who has had VSD closure, requires lifelong care, an optimized lifestyle and examinations by a cardiologist. Luckily now Ayesha Shokat is beyond the initial stage of treatment and is looking forward to living life to its fullest.