“The phone call at 8 pm yesterday changed our family’s life once and forever. This is a rebirth for Aaradhya. Can’t thank the donor’s family enough,” said an overwhelmed Yogesh Mule, Aaradhya’s father.
In the sacred language of Sanskrit, the word ‘Aaradhya’ means the one worth worshiping, just like the name, Aardhya, a four-year-old from Navi Mumbai got a heart today morning, her family, says indeed the donor has to be worshipped.
After waiting for a year, Aaradhya’s father Yogesh Mule got a life-saving call yesterday evening for his daughter. “Yes, Aaradhya has got a donor and she is getting a new heart. Donor heart matching the requirements of Aaradhya has been found in a hospital in Surat,” informed the call made to Yogesh on the evening of September 4. A green corridor was created to transport the heart from airport to the hospital. The heart transplant surgery started at 9:00 am and went on till 3.00pm.
“The operation was successful. We are grateful to the donor’s family. Donation needs to be a full-fledged movement for the masses. I am very proud today, that I could get a heart for my girl,” informed Mule.
Aaradhya was diagnosed with end-stage heart disease called dilated cardiomyopathy in April 2016. It is a heart condition where the heart’s pumping efficiency drops considerably. It is a condition where the heart becomes very weak and enlarged, thereby, affecting the blood reaching lungs, liver and other organs.
With only 10% of her heart function, she was admitted in hospital every fortnight for two to three days. So far, since the diagnosis, she has been hospitalised 20 times and was home bound.
Ever since 2016, Yogesh Mule has been working relentlessly in order to urge people to donate. Today, while talking to My Medical Mantra in the morning, he said, “More and more people need to be made aware about organ donation. We waited for over a year and let me tell you, the suffering that Aaradhya has undergone can’t be expressed.”
Even though, the adult cadaver donation takes place, the biggest challenge faced by doctors was that as a child, Aaradhya needed a donor heart, where the donor weighed less than 30 kilos and found a suitable blood match.
Nilesh Mandlewala, Founder and President ‘Donate Life’ explained that organ donation is a godly deed. “On Monday, at 4.30pm, we got a call from the hospital in Surat saying the 14-month-old boy was brain dead. It was then that we went ahead to convince the family for organ donation. What is really commendable is that, the family came ahead with full enthusiasm. Those who donate organs, in true sense are a god on earth in disguise.”
An NGO ‘Donate Life’ has been very important in catalysing organ donations across the country and has truly been instrumental in this case.
To spread awareness on organ donation and to save Aaradhya, My Medical Mantra ran social media campaign called ‘#SaveAaradhya’ that trended in India and across the country. The campaign went on for 9 months and finally, the kid got a heart!