My name is Ashita Nath and I am the co-founder of The Good Harvest School-a school for rural girls near Lucknow. (www.thegoodharvestschool.com)
I am running this campaign to raise funds for Rashmi Dungdung, a 24-year-old girl, residing in Delhi, who has a heart condition-Pulmonary Valvular Stenosis.(severe)
Before moving to Lucknow and starting this school, I worked in an NGO in Delhi for a couple of years (2009-2011) where we rehabilitated vulnerable girls. And Rashmi was one of them.
It was in the year 2010 when Rashmi was diagnosed with a heart condition - pulmonary valvular stenosis (severe) and her balloon pulmonary valvotomy had to be called off due to a septal defect found during the procedure.
Even with her hampered normal activities Rashmi continued to be jovial and exhibited hope and resilience. She dared to dream despite odds and worked towards it.
During the pandemic, she reached out to me, and hearing her everyday health struggles and the different jobs she had taken up in order to earn and save up for her surgery and then having to quit on letting her employers know about her heart condition, was truly heart wrenching.
Her normal everyday activities are affected terribly as she gets exhausted easily and labours to even breathe.
Her mother is the sole earning member in the family, who had been working as a house help for the past many years and since the last 6 months she has been employed full time to provide home-care to a patient. Her father never took up any work due to alcohol addiction and stays home with deteriorated health. She has an elder sister who is married and a younger brother who is in grade 11th.
For the past two years, Rashmi had been trying to obtain a date for her open heart surgery in a Government hospital but couldn't. Moreover, she can't avail of government aid since her family doesn't have a ration card.
She shared her plight to a friend's aunt who works as a house-help for a doctor. And thus got lead to a cardiologist at Fortis hospital Gurgaon. Instead of open-heart surgery, she has been advised to undergo balloon valvotomy at the earliest since it's a case of severe pulmonary valvular stenosis and her heart is under extreme stress. The septum defect which was detected earlier is blocked due to growth in the muscle.
The doctors hope that her condition will improve by 90% through the aforementioned procedure.
The estimated cost of the procedure is somewhere around 2.10 lakhs but I intend to raise a few extra funds which she might need post-valvotomy until she regains her health and gets back to her normal routine.
I know Rashmi personally she has worked hard and not given up or given in to her difficult circumstances. Your generous contribution would help Rashmi to lead a normal life, she has left no stone unturned to come this far. And now she needs your help to carry on.
Please support Rashmi financially and spread the word to your family and friends.