Poonam Devi is 22 years old and lives with her parents in Karnaipur, Uttar Pradesh. Her father owns a small shop in the village and her mother is a housewife. She completed her B.A. in 2014 and was looking for a job.
One day she decided to accompany her father to her uncle’s house. They had almost reached his house when her cousin came and threw acid on her. The acid burnt her the right side affecting her right eye, arm and leg. There was no hostility between the families nor could the family understand why this incident happened. Poonam attributed it to a possible property dispute but her father is devastated. His faith and trust in the family is shattered.
Poonam visited various hospitals for over a year attempting to get treatment till her father’s resources ran out. Finally they heard about the possibility of getting treated under Fortis Charitable Foundation’s AANCHAL programme and came to Fortis Memorial Hospital in Gurgaon. Poonam has been treated twice and is on her way to recovery.
While serving tea at a roadside tea stall near a Fortis Hospital, the owner mentioned to a Fortis employee that his niece, Muskaan, had Congenital Heart Defect but the operation was unaffordable. Muskaan’s case was referred to Fortis Foundation. In collaboration with its partner Fortis Foundation successfully operated on Muskaan in November.
In 2003, Fortis Foundation started its journey of treating children suffering from Congenital Heart Defect (CHD).
An article in the local Mohali papers covered the case of a 3 year old child suffering from CHD, Khushboo, whose mother could not afford to get her treated. Fortis Mohali intervened and Khushboo was operated successfully. Today she is married and has 3 children. Khushboo still goes for periodic consultations to the hospital and her consultations are free.