Aaradhya Mule (4) is back in hospital.
This is the 13th admission of this Navi Mumbai girl who has been waiting for a donor heart for heart transplant for last six months.
Aaradhya is suffering from end-stage heart disease (Dilated Cardiomyopathy) since April, 2016. According to doctors treating her at Fortis Hospital in Mulund, only 10% of her heart is functional and she needs a heart transplant to survive at the earliest.
“Again my daughter has been admitted at Fortis Hospital today. She will again undergo intravenous medications for next 48 hours so that she can continue living and waiting for a donor heart. It is difficult to see her get admitted to the hospital every fortnight, but she is brave. She is smiling even in this pain,” said Yogesh Mule, her father.
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 a transplant.
Unfortunately, Aaradhya fell in the 5% to 1% category. She needs to be admitted to the hospital every 15 days where she is given a medicine intravenously for 48 hours.
To save her life, the hospital has been relentlessly searching for a brain-dead patient weighing below 40kg with blood group A+ / A- / O+ / O-ve and is between age of 3 and 10 years.
My Medical Mantra has been following Aaradhya’s progress closely and has also appealed to the readers to spread a word about her desperate need of a heart through #SaveAardhya campaign.
Dr Vijay Agrawal, Paediatric Heart Transplant Surgeon at Fortis Hospital who is treating her, said unlike in adults, end-stage heart disease patients in paediatric cases, the donor heart should match the size of recipient’s heart.
Presently in India, the organ donation in paediatric population is almost nil, making it difficult for patients like Aaradhya to get a donor heart.