Meena Sriram, a resident of Mumbai, helped raise Rs. 25 lakh to pay for multiple surgeries for her driver’s son who was born with holes in his heart. Aditya Shinde, the six-year-old boy, needed two open-heart surgeries and one heart transplant.
Meena’s driver Rupesh Shinde had been despondent trying to get his son the treatment he needed. He notes that Aditya used to ask him if he would ever walk again. But even when a heart was made available for the transplant after waiting for seven months, Rupesh realised that the cost of the surgeries would lead to a crushing debt.
This was when his employer took charge and raised necessary funds within the week. Meena, who is a financier, also helped Rupesh travel to Chennai for the surgeries.
Meena told The Times of India that the money came rolling in once people found out about the cause. She added that everyone was far more generous than expected and it only took two days for them to hit the target.
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“I was glad I was connected with doctors. If someone reaches out to the right doctors and ask the right questions, a lot of lives can be saved. Everyone has made this happen. A person in my office earning only Rs 25,000 gave a check of Rs 5,000. Giving is important as it can save so many lives,” she said.
Despite complications, the procedures were successful. And today, Aditya is walking again.