10-month-old Mumbai baby needs Rs 1.2 lakh surgery to fix heart

Doctors say 10-month-old Sakshi Acharya needs twin surgeries to fix a hole in her heart and clear blocked arteries. The first surgery will cost Rs 1.2 lakh — an amount her security guard father and sales executive mother simply do not have

Little Sakshi’s heart is still beating, blissfully oblivious to the fact that unless her parents can collect R1.2 lakh for a surgery to plug a hole in her heart, she may not live much longer.

Sakshi’s parents Manoj and Dhanalakshmi Acharya are not well off. Manoj works as a security guard and earns R6,400 a month while Dhanalakshmi works in an automobile firm with a salary of R9000. Raising a lakh in short notice is an impossible dream for them.

Apart from the hole in her heart, 10-month-old Sakshi also has blockages in her arteries

Yet, doctors have urged the harried parents to get the money together to perform the life-saving operation.

Born last May, Sakshi was diagnosed with a hole in her heart just a day after her birth. “Based on the suggestions of the doctors at KEM hospital, we did a 3D Echo test, which confirmed her ailment,” Manoj told sunday mid-day.

“Together we support our family of four, including my aged mother. We have already spent our life’s savings of R55,000 for our child’s treatment,” he said.

Dr L Srinivas, a senior surgeon at Jupiter Lifeline Hospital in Thane who is currently treating Sakshi, said the child was born with a condition known as Blue Baby Syndrome, which occurs when the heart is not able to supply enough blood to the lungs.

“Apart from the hole in the heart, the baby also has blockages in her arteries. We have to carry out the operation in two stages. In the first operation, which has to be done in next 10 days, we shall make a passage for the free flow of blood to the lungs, so that the patient can lead a normal life. The actual cost of the operation is over 1.5 lakh, but keeping the economic condition of the family in mind, we have subsidised the cost,” said the doctor.

Dr Srinivas added that during the second operation, which can be done in the next two years, the hole in the heart would be tackled. “That is a more complicated surgery and we have offered a subsidised package of R1.8 lakh to them.”

The Acharyas haven’t lost faith yet but it’s fading fast. “We have heard stories of how kind hearted Mumbai residents have helped other poor people earlier. Specially when it is a matter of a child’s life. I hope they help again,” a teary-eyed Dhanalakshmi said. Those willing to help can contact Jupiter Hospital directly and help through cheques or DD drawn in favour of Jupiter Lifeline Hospitals Pvt. Ltd.

  • Kamal Shukla23-Mar-2014

    Can you please provide a phone number or a contact for the parents? I would like to help in a big way if possible.

  • Moushumi23-Mar-2014

    Can I have the bank details of the father or any mid-day account that has been set up to assist them . I would like to assist them

  • kranti23-Mar-2014

    can midday pls give exact contact details of the couple and also the contact and back details of jupiter hospital to speak to them regarding this case.....

  • kiran23-Mar-2014

    Can you please leave numbers for contact!

  • M23-Mar-2014

    Shailesh Bhatia - Can you please share the contact information for the hospital. How can we reach out and help the family. Thank you

  • SKS-DXB23-Mar-2014

    I want to help this family. Request Mid-day to give the bank a/c details.

  • nishant23-Mar-2014

    Dear Mid day team, Can we look at arranging a fund account to ask for donations from mumbai to help this child and her family? Mumbai has always shown respect and generousity towards such situation and I'm sure people will come forward to help. The amount isn't exhorbitant at all and considering our city's population even small amts from a handfull of people will fulfill the requirement. I am willing to help with whatever I could. Regards, Nishant

  • hh25-Mar-2014

    Please put complete details in article.

  • steven pereira25-Mar-2014

    hi im Stev Pereira ,im originally from Goa , I like to contribute to help this poor kid ,plz provide me the parents phone number, and address, so that I v can visit and hand over my contribution.....!!!

  • Arvind25-Mar-2014

    Hi, Even My son has the same problem, he has 11 MM hole in heart and his one valve has minor leakage. We went in Fortis Escort and there they are saying it would cost around 4 lakhs to go for surgery.

  • Tridev23-Mar-2014

    Is it possible to get contact info for parents? I would like to talk to them and help them out.

  • Swapnil Gupte23-Mar-2014

    Me and my friends are contributing. But what makes me sad is despite knowing poor parents condition, and child's age and condition this surgery is kept on hold till they submit 1.2L, why hospitals are becoming so greedy. People would definitely help but this is not right attitude shown by the hospital. It is always proven that only Common Man contributes and saves lives. May god give her speedy recovery and healthy life ahead.

  • wahab murudkar25-Mar-2014

    kindly send account number of the father mr manoj

  • Chris25-Mar-2014

    Can we have Parents contact details ASAP.

  • Balaji Vankala24-Mar-2014

    Please ask them to contact Narayan Hrudalaya in Bangalore. They treat the children between 1-10 years free of cost, I saw an facebook post recently of this.

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