Congenital Heart Defects Information

Smiling Little Hearts – Bipi Das

by drmani on January 9, 2015

Congenital Heart DiseaseTetralogy of Fallot – Surgery sponsored by Dr.Mani Children Heart Foundation – January 2015

Bipi Das - Tetralogy of Fallot

Bipi Das is the 3 year old son of a farmer from the North Parganas in West Bengal. Born with a complex congenital heart defect – ‘Tetralogy of Fallot’ – he had not been healthy since birth and was diagnosed with heart disease before his first birthday.

Unfortunately, the family’s story was the same as thousands of others. They went to a few hospitals in the district but were told the cost of treatment would be too high for them to afford. They registered at a charitable institution for free surgery, but the waiting period was too long and the child’s symptoms were getting worse.

Eventually they were referred to Narayana Hrudayalaya Institute of Cardiac Sciences in Bangalore where the operation was scheduled for January 2015. With a herculean effort, the family only managed to borrow and save up for the cost of their travel for treatment.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Dr.Mani Children Heart Foundation was able to sponsor Bipi’s open heart surgery (which was performed at a concessional rate by the hospital).

Today, a wide smile creases the faces of his relieved parents. You helped make that happen. Thank you!

A special thanks to ATMA (American Tamil Medical Association) for their substantial contribution which supported the treatment of Bipi and two other children.

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by drmani January 8, 2012 Smiling Little Hearts

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by drmani March 29, 2010 Congenital Heart Disease Information

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by drmani February 19, 2010 Congenital Heart Disease Information

May 1989 I sat on a rickety wooden stool in Ward 5, at the bedside of my 26 year old patient. I was a freshly graduated medical doctor, in an internship. I was terrified. This was the first time death was so near, so inevitable, so personal. Jayaraman (I still remember his name!) was from […]

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