Laviza Shaniqua 's Story
Laviza Shafique, a resilient and determined 23-year-old from Bahawalnagar, had faced numerous obstacles due to her congenital heart problems. From the moment she took her first breath, she experienced the burdens of shortness of breath, cyanosis, fever, and recurring chest pain. However, it was only recently that the true extent of her condition became known when her parents sought the opinion of a skilled cardiologist.
After undergoing a series of tests, the cardiologist delivered a diagnosis that left Laviza and her family heartbroken. She was found to have pulmonary atresia and a ventricular septal defect (VSD), conditions that severely impacted her quality of life. In her childhood, she was operated with open heart surgery for her pulmonary atresia. Now, The cardiologist recommended a Rastelli operation as the best course of action, offering Laviza a glimmer of hope for a healthier future.
With the support of Transparent Hands, she was admitted to Ittefaq Hospital, Lahore. She underwent the complex procedure under the skilled hands of Dr. Asim on 18-08-2023. The redo median sternotomy, Rastelli operation, and VSD closure were meticulously performed, prioritizing Laviza’s safety and well-being above all else. Following an eight-day stay in hospital, Laviza was formally discharged and deemed fit to start her path towards improved health and well-being.
As days turned into weeks, Laviza’s recovery progressed with remarkable success. The surgery had a profound impact on her health, relieving her of the burdensome symptoms that had plagued her for far too long. The Rastelli operation, coupled with the closure of the VSD, allowed her heart to regain its strength and functionality.
Each passing day brought a newfound sense of freedom as Laviza’s shortness of breath diminished, her cyanosis faded away, and her chest pain became a distant memory.
The Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation and the compassionate donors played a significant role in contributing to making this surgery possible. Laviza and her family are profoundly grateful to all compassionate donors whose contributions made this life-saving surgery possible. Laviza’s life has been profoundly influenced by the immense generosity of the donors, instilling within her a renewed sense of hope and profound gratitude that will forever shape her health.