Congenital Heart Defects Information

Smiling Little Hearts – Rashida

by drmani on February 1, 2010

Congenital Heart DiseaseVentricular Septal Defect – Surgery sponsored by Dr.Mani Children Heart Foundation – February 2010

Rashida - Ventricular Septal Defect

Rashida is a twelve year old seventh grade student who was diagnosed to have a hole in her heart after she fainted once at school.

Her condition, a Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), required treatment earlier in childhood – but her family could not afford the expense.

So Rashida waited – until a trip to Chennai led to her being sent to us for surgery through the State Government sponsored referral program.

Her heart defect was a unique form of VSD called a Gerbode variant, where blood from her left ventricle (the main pumping chamber of the heart) returns back to the right side through a hole in not just the ventricular septam, but also in her tricuspid heart valve.

The surgery to fix this problem was carried out successfully in February, 2010. The expenses were covered through donations generously granted to the Dr.Mani Children Heart Foundation, which has sponsored over 50 similar operations until now.

Rashida with parents Her parents are smiling. So is their daughter. And I hope you are smiling too as you read this – because YOU helped put a smile on so many faces!

Rashida post op picture

Thank you from my heart!

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