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17-year-old Umma Needs An Urgent Surgery To Fix Her Leaking Heart

17-year-old Umma is a very sincere student, but is in the 9th Standard instead of the 11th. The reason? The teenager has already undergone two critical cardiac surgeries, having  to miss her exams.

Umma's father Sheikh Mohammed Hussain works at a jeweller's shop, and makes about Rs. 10  to 12,000 a month. It is with this income that he fends for his family of 5, with his two younger sons still in school.

"The last surgery was when she was just 12.  The hole in her heart was fixed, and though it did give her some relief, that relief was short-lived. The valve being too thin, it started leaking, and her condition got worse. Now, that valve must be replaced. There are some cheaper alternatives, but the risk of infections is high for those. This time, I need a permanent solution. I cannot watch my little daughter undergo so much. Last time, she had to be given 28 units of blood. How can a father just helplessly watch?"

Mohammed has already spent over 6 lakh on her previous surgery. He had collected the funds with great difficulty, having borrowed from everyone he knew. Most of the amount he managed to pay was collected in the form of charity. Yet, he could only pay around 2 Lakh less to the hospital.

"My Umma is very keen on studying. She wants to become a teacher. She is a very fast learner. She is learning computers now," her father proudly says.

For the past many years, almost all of Mohammed's income is spent on Umma's medical expenses. He has sent both his sons to other relatives, being unable to bear their expenses.

Umma needs an urgent surgery to fix the leaking valve. The funds required are way beyond what Mohammed can afford.

They have received Rs. 50,000 from Prime Minister relief funds as well.
The remaining funds are needed at the earliest to start the procedure that can save Umma's life. 

A small act of kindness can help save this young girl's life.

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11th August 2017
Dear Supporters,

We have exciting news to share with you today. Umma underwent the surgery on 15th June. She was on ventilator support for 15 days. She was kept under observation for about a month. Regular test and check ups were conducted and all the results came in normal. She got discharged on 11th July.

She had her first follow up yesterday. The doctors are very optimistic about her future. She has headed back home today. She will be rejoining school from Monday.

All this could happen only because of your support. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making it possible. Thank you for all the love and support that you have shown Umma.
13th June 2017
Dear Supporters,

Here is an update regarding Umma’s health.

17-year old Umma first experienced a complex cardiac condition  (Tetralogy of Fallot with small Pulmonary Arteries) for which she underwent a temporary procedure at the age of 8 years. She was then seen again at the age of 12. She approached Dr. Girish Warrier at Apollo Hyderabad. After evaluation she underwent a complete correction of her condition  Although she did recover, one of her arteries had to be opened out and enlarged to allow it to grow. Due to this, one of her cardiac valves was cut and then it began leaking. As it stands, her heart is distending rapidly, and she requires to undergo an urgent valve replacement surgery. Umma has already been admitted to the hospital and is scheduled for the surgery tomorrow.

With this surgery, Umma will grow to be a healthy individual, and hopefully be a mother one day. However, this an expensive procedure as Umma will have to undergo a tissue valve replacement which will last for 15-20 years, and can allow her to carry a child without any complications. With a mechanical valve, the damage to the child she may carry at a later point could be fatal.

Umma's father is a daily wage laborer and is finding it difficult to arrange the funds require for his daughter's surgery. Without this surgery, the only alternative would be a heart transplant. But we can save the family from this today.

Umma could grow to be an absolutely healthy adult having a long life ahead of her. However, her family is struggling to arrange funds for her and needs your help.

Please come forward and help Umma to undergo her valve replacement surgery.

Team Milaap
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