‘It is the blessed feeling to see Aaradhya having food by her own,’ says Yogesh Mule, as the 4-year-old girl completes 100 days post her heart transplant.
My Medical Mantra had first reported about Aaradhya and her family’s struggle to get her a donor heart on October 11, 2016, followed by a series of articles and online campaign. The Navi Mumbai girl finally underwent the heart transplant after parents of a 14-month-old brain-dead child from Surat agreed to donate heart.
“We feel indebted to the parents who donated their child’s heart to our daughter. It is only because of them and the doctors that we can see her smile and enjoying life like a normal child,” said Mule.
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 per cent 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.
“Initially, when she came home post heart transplant. She was scared and her legs were swollen. But as days progressed, things improved. Now, she moves around, dances like she used to before April 2016. She also orders her mother every morning to make her choice of breakfast,” said Mule.
The Mule family is now waiting for her to resume school. Once, the doctors allow her. “They said it will take another six months for her to step out of the house like a normal child. As of now, we are teaching her at home. She loves to paint. We are happy that she is no more in pain and there are no more hospitalisations,” said Mule.