A Navi Mumbai resident, Aaradhya was in playschool last year when she was diagnosed with end-stage heart disease. She needs a donor heart whose body weight is around 25-30kg with blood group A +ve / A +ve / O +ve / O-ve.
On the eve of her fourth birthday, Aaradhya still awaits a donor heart.
Watch An appeal by Maharashtra CM’s wife Amruta Fadnavis to Save Aaradhya
Padma Shri Dr Tatyarao Lahane of Mumbai’s JJ Hospital, along with Dr Ragini Parekh, Head of Ophthalmology Department at JJ Hospital, has come forward in support of My Medical Mantra’s #SaveAaradhya campaign.
“I am a beneficiary of organ donation. My mother had donated me a kidney 22 years ago after my kidneys failed and I was asked to go for kidney transplant,” said Lahane.
He said everyone should unite to support awareness campaign on organ donation.
“I believe everyone should donate organs. We can save not only Aaradhya, but many like her,” added Lahane.
Watch An appeal Padma Shri Dr Tatyarao Lahane to Save Aaradhya
Presently, only 10% of Aaradhya’s heart is functional and she has to be admitted to the hospital after every 15 days, where she is given medicine intravenously for 48 hours.
While urging people to join the campaign started by My Medical Mantra to get a donor heart for Aaradhya and spread awareness on organ donation, Fadnavis said, “Aaradhya is a little angel whose heart knows nothing, but giving love. But, today her heart is not supporting her. It is a very sad condition. I request everyone to help her get a new heart by joining My Medical Mantra’s campaign, so that she continues to loving people of the world.”
Aaradhya, who will be turning four-year-old tomorrow, was discharged from Fortis Hospital, Mulund, on March 3.
“She urgently needs a heart transplant. Through the intravenous medication given to her every fortnight for 48 hours, we are trying to prolong her life. However, it is a temporary solution. She needs a donor heart at the earliest. Yesterday, too, we received a call for a donor heart, but body weight of the donor was 60kg and didn’t match her needs,” said Dr Vijay Agarwal, Paediatric Heart Transplant Surgeon at Fortis Hospital.
Not just in India, but #SaveAaradhya campaign has been receiving support from across the globe.
Nikoli Edwards, Independent Senator in Government of Trinidad and Tobago, Vice-Chairperson of Policy Advocacy and Projects at Commonwealth Youth Council, London, said, “I want to urge the people of India to come forward and help Aaradhya get a heart. This is an opportunity to save a life. Let’s breathe a life in to this little girl.”
Watch An appeal by Nikoli Edwards to Save Aaradhya