When you meet Suhana Shaikh, a 13 and a half year old girl for the first time, you would find it hard to believe that she is suffering from a heart ailment. We must credit her unshakable spirit, as a child, she has always been a sociable girl. She has always been a jovial child who loved to laugh.
Given her nature, accepting that she may have an illness like cardiomyopathy is difficult to digest.
In the month of April, she was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy; a heart condition wherein the heart’s pumping efficiency considerably drops. It is a condition where the heart becomes very weak and enlarged, thereby affecting the blood reaching lungs, liver and other organs.
“We could never believe that Suhana could have a sickness like this. Every time somebody calls, I pick it immediately, only hoping that it is a donor for my daughter,” said Azad Alli Adam Shaikh, Suhana’s father who works as a BEST bus driver.
She is a fun loving girl who is in the ninth standard at National Education Society High School. Her blood group is A + (positive) . Since the past one and a half months, the Shaikh’s who live in Mulund have been waiting for one phone call, a call that may inform them about a suitable heart donor who is brain dead.
The family has been running from pillar to post in search of such a heart donor as well as funds for the same. “He added, “We have spent about 5 lakhs rupees since April and now the heart transplant will cost us another 25 lakhs rupees, said doctors. It is becoming very difficult for us with not many helping hands,” added Shaikh.
A heart transplant is the option for this ailment, say doctors. Dr Swati Garekar, the paediatric cardiologist at Fortis Hospital, Mulund said, “Suhana has a large heart with dropping efficiency of pumping blood. When she was initially admitted, her heart was functioning about 15 per cent. Currently, it is functioning about 10 per cent. Therefore, the kid urgently needs a heart transplant.”
To help the family in any way, you could contact Mr Shaikh on 7738572084
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.