Congenital Heart Defects Information

Smiling Little Hearts – Shalini

by drmani on January 30, 2010

Congenital Heart DiseaseAtrial Septal Defect – Surgery sponsored by Dr.Mani Children Heart Foundation – January 2010

Shalini - Atrial Septal Defect

This shy, quiet little girl is 5 year old Shalini, a pre-schooler from Perambalur district who was referred to us for treatment of her heart condition.

Affected by a congenital heart defect called an Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), Shalini was easily tired and breathless whenever she played games.

Also, she frequently fell ill with chest colds and infections which kept her in bed, even needing hospitalization once when it was severe.

Her heart problem was picked up during a screening health camp. Shalini’s parents, casual laborers whose income could scarcely fund the costly treatment she needed, brought her to Chennai where she was referred to us.

Thanks to generous donations made by our donors, Shalini’s heart surgery to fix her ASD was carried out in January 2010, the third of many operations part-funded by the Rotary Club Chennai Tower branch.

Her sweet smile still lights up her little face, and is now matched by a smile of relief on her parents’ faces too.

Thank you for helping put it there!

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