Kochi Aster Medcity gifts new life to Nigerian boy

From left to right Latheef, Senior Manager, Aster DM Foundation, Dr. Paramveer Singh, Senior Specialist, Paediatric Cardiologist, Aster Medcity,Father Abiya and Baby Ifain, Dr. Sajan Koshy, Senior Consultant Paediatric Cardiac Surgery, Aster Medcity / Photo: Special arrangement

Kochi: For the last two years Nigerian citizens, Abiya and his wife Theresa could not live a happy life. Their first son Ifain Immanuel was suffering from rare heart disease and was lacking adequate treatment facilities in Nigeria. But now the couples are in a joyful mood as Ifain is back to normal life through the surgery held at Aster Medcity, Kochi.

The couple noticed a change in the colour of the skin of the baby when he was one year old. Due to the decrease in oxygen level, the baby became very weak. Further examination resulted that the baby was suffering from severe heart disease - Tetralogy of Fallot with left ventricular outflow obstruction.

The couple, engaged in collecting and selling old clothes, was not able to provide treatment nor think of treatment in another country. Ifain’s parents were in the dark, not able to provide treatment and that's when Abiya's sister came to know about the charitable activities of Aster DM HealthCare. She sent an e-mail to its chairman Dr. Azad Moopen briefing about the disease and the hardships faced by the family.

Aster DM Foundation which provides free treatment for children who are financially backward families from India and Central Asia decided to treat the child. Aster Sick Kids (ASK) Foundation took the initiative to bring the child and family to the hospital for open surgery.The procedure bidirectional Glenn shunt with atrial septectomy was successfully conducted by Dr. Sajan Koshy, Senior Consultant, Paediatric Cardiac Surgery.

“Tetralogy of Fallot is a common defect of the heart in children, where there is an obstruction to the outflow of the right ventricle. Managing the obstruction to the left ventricle was an additional challenge in this baby” said Dr. Sajan Koshy.

After several days of observation at the ICU, Ifain Samuel limped back to normal life and the family left for Nigeria with good memories of the kind-hearted people of Kerala. The couple thanked the hospital staff and administration for their efforts to give a new life to their child.

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