Khushi is the daughter of Ramesh Kumar Pandey and lives in Yashodha Nagar in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. She was born in Kanpur in Gopal Krishna Nursing home. Her father Ramesh Kumar Pandey works at a chemist shop in Kanpur and earns Rs.4000 per month. With this amount he has to feed a family of 4.
When Khushi was 3 months old, she fainted and was unconscious for a long time. Her parents rushed her to a clinic nearby as she continuously showed signs of weakness. This is when the doctor at the hospital conducted an Echocardiography test. Much to the disappointment of the family they were told Khushi had a Congenital Heart Defect
Yashodhanagar has minimal medical facilities. As he could not afford the medical treatment for Khushi he was advised to visit a Government hospital in Delhi where surgeries are done free of cost. On the way from Kanpur to Delhi a co-passenger in the train advised Ramesh to take his daughter to Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon for her treatment. He gave Ramesh the address and after finding his way to Gurgaon, Ramesh contacted Fortis Foundation and requested them to support his daughter’s surgery.
By this stage Khushi had turned completely blue. . Ramesh told us `I have made several trips to the Government hospital but they are asking me to wait for one year, my daughter will die if I am made to wait for this long’. Looking at the pressing need and the financial condition of the family Fortis Foundation sponsored her treatment.
Khushi was 3 years old when she got her first BT Shunt surgery done on 20th October, 2015. The doctors advised her to get a second surgery at the age of 4 years. Khushi had a successful surgery on 20th January 2017 at Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI).
Khushi’s family was overwhelmed and extremely thankful to Fortis Foundation since they had lost all hope and thought their daughter will not survived. Her mother says `you have given her a second life and we will remain thankful to the Foundation for not just saving our daughters life, but also spreading hope in the lives of other patients.’