New Delhi: Two month old, Sakshi (name changed) had a hole in her heart called the Aorta Pulmonary Window. With extreme respiratory distress, the child would not have survived infancy if she had not received timely treatment, with financial support from SBI Foundation, through Genesis Foundation. With a weight of 2.9 kilograms, Sakshi is one of the smallest children in India to undergo device closure of Aorta Pulmonary Window.
She is the only child of Sahira and Suhail (names changed) from Thane in Maharashtra. A few weeks after her birth, Sakshi had breathlessness and had problems in taking feed. She was diagnosed with a complex congenital heart defect called Aorta Pulmonary Window (AP Window). It occurs in 0.1% of all children born with heart defects.
In a normal heart, there are two main arteries, the aorta and the pulmonary artery, where the aorta carries blood to the body and the pulmonary carries blood to the lungs. In an AP Window, there is a hole between these arteries, which leads to an increased flow of blood to the lungs, thereby increasing the lung pressure. Children with AP Window require immediate intervention, otherwise they do not survive infancy and die due to heart failure.
Dr. L Srinivas, the pediatric cardiologist at Jupiter Hospital, Thane did her device closure in the Cath Lab. Her father is a labourer (loader) earning a very humble salary. With no money for treatment, her surgery was funded by SBI Foundation in coordination with Genesis Foundation.
At two months with a weight of 2.9 kilograms, Sahira is one of the 25+ children that SBI Foundation is supporting in partnership with Genesis Foundation. In most of the cases where children are born with simple heart defects, one-time medical intervention ensures that they are treated for life and can lead a normal life.
“We are proud of how the medical infrastructure and capacity in our country is advancing, that such complex treatment procedures can be performed on infants. Through our partnership with Genesis Foundation and Jupiter Hospital, we are happy we could provide timely financial support for Sahira’s treatment and we look forward for her bright future,” – Shri Lalit Mohan, President & COO, SBI Foundation.
“It is only through support of CSR partners like SBI Foundation that we are able to Save Little Hearts, one child at a time. Their belief in the transparency of our work, ensures that children like Sahira who would not have survived even their infancy, are able to live a healthy and fulfilling life,” – Simran Sagar, Operations Director, Genesis Foundation.
“I am extremely thankful to Genesis Foundation and SBI Foundation for the timely financial help that was provided to the family because without it, Sahira would not have survived. With one medical intervention done at the right time, she can lead a normal life now,” – Dr. L Srinivas, Pediatric Cardiologist, Jupiter Hospital, Pune.
About SBI Foundation
SBI Foundation is the CSR arm of the State Bank of India. True to its tradition of service beyond banking, the foundation currently works in over 28 states and union territories of India, on rural development, healthcare, education, livelihood and skill development, youth empowerment, promotion of sports, and more. SBI Foundation believes in reflecting the ethos of the SBI group, in running interventions that are ethical, promote growth and equality, and create a positive impact on the society. www.sbifoundation.in
About Genesis Foundation
Genesis Foundation facilitates medical treatment for critically ill under-privileged children suffering with Congenital Heart Defects. The support required in the said critical illness varies from specific surgeries (including neonatal), Cath Lab Interventions along with recovery and recuperation post-surgery.
We, Save Little Hearts.
So far, we have supported medical treatment of over 3600 critically ill children. The children supported by the Foundation belong to families with an income of less than or equal to Rs. 20,000 per month, whose parents are unable to afford treatment for their children.
GF is registered under Section 12-A and 80-G of the Income Tax Act, which entitles 50% tax exemption. GF is also registered under FCRA allowing it to receive foreign funds.