After waiting for an year, Aaradhya’s father Yogesh Mule got a life saving call for his daughter. “Yes, Aaradhya has got a donor and she will get 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 is still going on.
Aaradhya Mule 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.
“Since the time doctors advised us for heart transplant for her, we were waiting for that one call that will save my daughter. After months of wait, that call did come on Monday. We have managed to save our Aaradhya,” said an overjoyed father, Yogesh. The donor heart was transported to Mumbai’s Fortis Hospital where Aaradhya’s treatment is on. The heart transplant surgery started at 9 am and is still going on, said hospital sources.
While adult cadaver donations were happening, the biggest challenge faced by doctors were that as a child, Aaradhya needed a donor heart, where the donor weighed under 30 kilos and matches the blood group.
To spread awareness on organ donation and to save Aaradhya, My Medical Mantra ran social media campaign called ‘ #SaveAaradhya ‘ that trended in India and various parts of the country.
Nirav Mandlewala, Chief Executive Officer of NGO Donate Life who was involved in the organ donation process said, “We have been relentlessly looking for a suitable heart donor for Aaradhya. After months of wait, we managed to save her and the credit goes to the 14 month old brain dead child’s parents who overcame their grief and gave consent to donate organs and save life of others.”
Aaradhya had viral myocarditis, which is a viral infection affecting function of the heart. Only 5% to 1% of all paediatric heart transplant cases are related to viral myocarditis. While in some cases, patient recovers, very few have a heart failure and need transplant.
Unfortunately, Aaradhya fell in the 5% to 1 % category