Iqra is 16 years old girl. She lives with her parents and 5 siblings in small village -Doabgah Sopore - in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. Iqra is a charming girl and helps her mother with house work at home. Her father, Abdul Ahad Shakhsaz, is a labourer earning about Rs.7500 per month and her mother, Rehti Begum, is a housewife.
Iqra’s family was aware of her heart problem from an early age. They took her to Soura Medical Institute in Kashmir where they conducted a Cath Test and found that she needs a surgery. However, due to their financial conditions they couldn’t get the surgery done and started looking for philanthropic support. Meanwhile they kept visiting local doctors with the hope of treatment and kept Iqra under medical management.
One day a neighbor informed the family of a health camp being organized at the GB Pant Hospital in Srinagar. The camp was being organized by Rotary Club, Delhi with doctors from Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in Delhi. The doctors evaluated 200 children and 75 were found with a congenital heart defect. Iqra was evaluated and referred to Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurugram for a surgery. Iqra, together with her mother and brother came to Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurugram in December 2017. She was diagnosed with Ventricular Septal defect.
Iqra has a successful surgery on 14th December 2017. Her brother, who spoke limited Hindi, was full of gratitude.