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D.Y.Patil Hospital Offers Free Cardiac Surgeries For 70 Children

Fifteen-year-old Abhijeet Landge often collapsed while playing.

Bouts of severe fever were com mon for the teenager suffering from a congenital heart disease.Son of a daily wage labourer from Sangli, Landge was diagnosed with the disease when he was merely four months old, but could not be operated upon due to the family's poor condition.

Last week, Landge finally underwent a surgery to correct his ventricular septal defect (VSD) - a hole in the wall of his heart. Like Landge, 69 other children from Sangli will undergo surgeries for their congenital heart disease at Navi Mumbai's DY Patil Hospital that has created a special ward for these children.

Landge, a student of Class IX was among 70 children identified by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, during his visit to Sangli, as in need of urgent medical care. DY Patil Hospital's trustee Vijay Patil was forthcoming and offered to operate upon all the 70 children free of cost.

A study conducted by the state government in 2014 stated that there are 1,500 minor children in Maharashtra in urgent need of cardiac surgeries. The study also highlighted that the children are mostly from rural Maharashtra, whose families cannot afford cardiac surgery. On Sunday, doctors at the DY Patil Hospital operated upon two-year-old Yash Patil, a son of a farmer from Sangli.Diagnosed with a congenital heart condition when he was a year old, Patil could not get treatment as the family barely makes money to eat daily.

“We had to live with our child suffering every day. It was a difficult time for us,“ said Navnath, Patil's father.Aanganwadi workers referred him to a camp organised by Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) from where the CM identified children in need of urgent cardiac surgeries.

DY Patil Hospital's deputy medical superintendent, Dr Shyam More, said, "So far we have conducted seven surgeries which have been successful. The other patients have been lined up."

Source:- http://www.mumbaimirror.com/mumbai/others/Navi-Mumbai-hospital-offers-free-cardiac-surgeries-for-70-children/articleshow/50166794.cms