One good deed leads to another, and a family based in Pune is living testimony to this fact.
After receiving help from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the medical treatment of their daughter Vaishali last year, this family is now spreading the love and helping those in dire need of medical care.
The 6-year-old was suffering from a serious heart ailment and the surgery for it proved unaffordable for the family. Followed a letter seeking financial assistance to the PM, who immediately jumped to action, Vaishali’s heart condition was treated through a successful surgery last year.
Inspired by the gesture of kindness, the family lent a helping hand to an 11-year-old Julkhairnain Qureshi, who suffers from a similar ailment.
Vaishali’s uncle Pratap Singh Yadav went out of his way to help the young boy.
“When my niece was to undergo a surgery I had just Rs 10 left with me. At that time Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped us. Our family will never forget this help granted to us. From that time onwards we decided that we will always try and provide support in our own way to those who need help”, Pratap told HT.
After coming to know about Vaishali, Julkhairnain’s mother Nasreen had approached Pratap all the way from Naldurg village in Osmanabad to tell him about her son’s condition.
“Nasreen Qureshi was shown a few videos of my niece who received help from the Prime Minister. People around her told her to meet us. When she told me about her financial condition which was very grave and the condition of her son I immediately decided to help her,” he added.
Knowing that the city’s Sahyadri Hospital offered free surgeries under the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana (RGJAY), he took the mother-son duo and sought help. “The surgery was carried out successfully and the boy is now out of danger,” Pratap said.
Nasreen, who works as a domestic help, knew that under no circumstances could she afford to pay for her son’s operation.
“I was told that my son must undergo a surgery within three months. The cost for this operation was close to Rs 6 lakh, which was impossible for me. But with the help of all those around me my son finally underwent the heart surgery at Sahyadri hospital for free. He is now fine and out of hospital. I am grateful to all, including Pratap Yadav, who has helped us a lot”, she said.
According to Dr Rajesh Kaushish, who is the head of department of cardiothoracic surgery at Sahyadri Hospital, Julkhairnain was in immediate need of a heart surgery as he had started developing pulmonary hypertension due to a birth defect.
“The surgery was challenging because the child had an IVC type of defect that can be easily closed in a wrong manner. The surgery took around 2 hours and the boy was discharged 5 days after the operation. Though money was a major concern for the family, the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana (RGJAY) came to their rescue to help them financially ”, he added.