Awaiting heart donor for his three-year-old daughter, father desperately prays for a miracle

In October My Medical Mantra had reported about Yogesh Mule’s struggle to collect funds for his daughter Aaradhya, who was diagnosed with end-stage heart disease in April

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Aaradhya Mule

Yogesh Mule is waiting for a miracle which can save his three-year-old daughter Aaradhya, who was diagnosed with end-stage heart disease in April this year.

Aaradhya, who is under treatment at Fortis Hospital, suffered a heart failure due to viral myocarditis – a viral infection affecting heart’s functioning. Only 10% of her heart is functioning.

While Mule has managed to collect Rs25 lakh for her surgery, he is now desperately waiting for the hospital to find a suitable donor. In October, My Medical Mantra had reported about Mule’s rigorous struggle to collect funds for Aaradhya’s heart transplant surgery.

“It took me two months to collect funds. Now, I am waiting for a call from the hospital which can save my daughter’s life. Every time my phone rings, I pray it is from the hospital to inform us about having found a donor heart for Aaradhya,” said Mule.

Though the hospital had potential heart donors, they did not match requirements for her. Explaining the difficulty in finding a suitable donor for Aaradhya, Dr Vijay Agarwal, Paediatric Heart Transplant Surgeon, said in paediatric cases, donor’s heart should match size of recipient’s heart.

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Yogesh Mule with daughter Aaradhya and wife

“It depends on body surface area, which is calculated on basis of weight and height. For Aaradhya, we need heart of a person whose weight is below 30 kilo with matching blood group. We had potential heart donors, but they didn’t match our requirements for her,” said Agarwal.

On April 8, Aaradhya had stomach ache and vomiting and on the same day, doctors asked Mules to admit her in intensive care unit (ICU) as her heartbeat was 180 per minute against normal heartbeat of 80 to 120 beats per minute. After 2D Echo and other tests, doctors informed Mules that she had a heart failure and advised a heart transplant.

“Only 5% to 1% of all paediatric heart transplant cases are related to viral myocarditis. While in some cases patient recovers, very few have heart failure and need a transplant,” added Agarwal.

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