Happy ending for little Aaradhya!

After a relentless battle, four-year-old Aaradhya Mule left for home with a new heart beating inside her. Her parents are grateful for the prayers and good wishes that helped them tide over all difficulties following My Medical Mantra’s powerful online campaign, Save Aaradhya

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Little Aaradhya Mule is finally left for her new home, happy and healthy, thanks to the prayers and wishes of countless people from across the world. Ever since My Medical Mantra started the online campaign, Save Aaradhya, to find a heart for the four-year-old, the response from the readers has been overwhelming. The family, who have received love and support in the time of deep crisis, said this is nothing short of a miracle.

 “Everything that has happened in this past month has been a miracle. Aaradhya has finally got the gift of a new heart. She has got a new life,” said Yogesh, her father. The Mules are set to take Aaradhya home on September 25, 2017.

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 My Medical Mantra’s online campaign to find a donor heart for the Navi Mumbai girl met with success on September 5, 2017, after the parents of a 14-month-old brain-dead child from Surat agreed to donate his heart. The Mules said they are grateful to this family and ‘the donor will be worshipped by them throughout their life’. “I know the pain parents feel when their child falls ill. I am grateful to the parents of the child, who donated their heart to Aaradhya,” said Yogesh with tears of joy rolling down his cheeks.

“Aaradhya would come often to the hospital for her treatment. She is very cooperative and smart. If you tell her, ‘Aaradhya eat this medicine’, she would eat just about anything. She is a smiling glory, the spirited kid. She is a family to us,” said Dr S Narayani, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Mulund.
The Mules’ journey to find a heart for Aaradhya started in April 2016. “We came to know of Aaradhya’s heart condition on Gudi Padwa (Maharashtrian New Year). That morning she had complained of stomach ache and was vomiting. We were to leave for Pune but decided to take her to a doctor first,” said Yogesh. Her parents were shocked when the doctor asked them to hospitalise the child and that too in the intensive care unit (ICU) as her heart beat was 180 beats/minute. Heartbeat of 80 to120 beats/minute is normal for a child of three to four years.

Aaradhya likely to be discharged today

 Aaradhya was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, which is a viral infection affecting function of the heart. Her parents immediately started looking for a donor heart. They faced several challenges as paediatric heart transplants are not common. Globally, only a handful of such heart transplants take place.

Aaradhya likely to be discharged today

 “Across the world, only 12% of heart transplants are paediatric because they are peculiar and challenging in nature. This could also be because dilated cardiomyopathy is not very common among children,” said Dr Swati Garekar, senior paediatric cardiologist at Fortis Hospital, Mulund. 

Despite all the challenges, Aaradhya is now well and will go home with a healthy heart. She will have to take immune-suppressants and follow certain restrictions. “After the transplant, we have to follow several restrictions, which include that she can’t be out for long and cannot, under any circumstances catch any infection. So I have made all arrangements for Aaradhya to stay in our new flat in Taloja for a year, after which we shall be coming back to our residence in Kalamboli,” said Yogesh.

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 Yogesh has dedicated himself in spreading awareness about organ donation. “There is a lack of awareness with regards to organ donation. Children must be educated about organ donation right from the time they are in school. I request the government to include lessons on organ donation as part of syllabus,” he insisted.

What is heart transplant?

A heart transplant or a cardiac transplantation is a surgical procedure performed on patients with end-stage heart failure or severe coronary artery disease. The procedure is only considered when neither medication nor other surgeries can ensure the survival of a patient. The heart is given by the family of person who has been declared brain-dead.