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A donation from an NGO and some doctors at a government hospital in Noida saved the life of a 6-year-old boy who had congenital heart disease and needed urgent surgery to implant a pacemaker.

Congenital heart disease is a birth defect that affects the normal functioning of a vital organ. The pacemaker, a small battery-operated device implanted in the chest, controls the heartbeat and is key to treating such defects.

 

The boy’s parents, factory workers in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao, were referred to the Post Graduate Institute of Child Health, Noida, after their child complained of dizziness, black-out and breathlessness.

Doctors said they decided to operate on the boy to have a pacemaker implanted. Since the family was poor, the surgery was covered by the Central Government’s National Child Health Program (RBSK). But the pacemaker is priced separately at Rs 1.25 lakh and is not financed under this scheme.

 

The doctor said that in no time, a Noida-based NGO – Mahakal Maharaj Seva Mandir Trust – heard about the issue and donated Rs 90,000 for the boy. The remaining Rs 35,000 was deposited by three doctors of the hospital.

As reported by TOI, the surgery was performed on March 28 and the child was discharged after some follow-up tests. The doctors said that he is healthy and is recovering.

On Thursday, officials of the Mahakal Maharaj Seva Mandir Trust said they were looking at ways to provide better jobs to the boy’s parents.

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