Congenital Heart Defect
April, 2017

Khushi belongs to a small town Bharatpur in Rajasthan. Her father, Deepak Saxena (38 ) owns a small garment shop and earns Rs. 4500 per month and her mother Pooja (26 year) stays at home to take care of the family of 3 dependents. Her parents have been married for 8 years and Khushi has a younger brother with whom she enjoys playing in the evening. She loves playing football and relishes eating homemade food like fried potatoes and aalo ka paratha. She is pampered and loved by everyone at home. Khushi studies in a private school which is close to their house.

Finding out about the problem/symptoms

Two months ago (February 2017) Khushi fell extremely sick and had fever for 15 days. Along with this she was suffering from bad cold and cough. Initially the family thought this was a routine fever thinking she would recover with time. However when she didn’t recover they took her to a Government hospital. On the basis of the medical reports the doctor suggested she have an Echocardiography test and consult a cardiologist. On 10th March 2017 the family consulted a Pediatric Cardiologist at Fortis Escort Hospital, Jaipur who advised Khushi to undergo a PDA Device Closure. Khushi had a Ductus Arteriosus with mildly dilated LA/LV. Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a condition wherein the ductus arteriosus fails to close after birth. Early symptoms are uncommon, but in the first year of life they include increased 'work of breathing' and poor weight gain. An uncorrected PDA may lead to congestive heart failure with increasing age.


Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur approached Fortis Foundation to support the treatment of Khushi whose family could not afford her treatment. Her condition required immediate medical intervention.
Fortis Foundation and Genesis Foundation supported Khushi’s treatment. Her surgery was held on 4th April 2017.

FF Statement of Hope

Thousands of children like Khushi are born with congenital anomalies every day but their condition is ignored because at times they show no explicit symptoms.( don’t know if we can state this as a cause). Khushi received a second chance at life while others like her await treatment.  Fortis Foundation aims to reach out to maximum number of children who suffer from `Congenital Heart Defect’ through their program AANCHAL which focuses on Mother and Child.