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Pakistani teen heart transplant from Indian donor brings new life

Ayesha was first taken to India by her family in 2019 after cardiac arrest and heart failure. The surgeon in India had suggested a heart transplant at that time. As a result, Ayesha was placed on the waiting list. 

Pakistani teen gets a new life after heart transplant from India. She underwent a life-saving heart transplant from a 69-year-old organ donor in India, reported The Indian Express. An NGO paid for the cost of the surgery and costs over INR 5.3 million.

“I can breathe easy now,” Ayesha told the Times of India. “I plan on completing my schooling in Karachi. I want to become a fashion designer.”

Ayesha was first taken to India by her family in 2019 after cardiac arrest and heart failure. The surgeon in India had suggested a heart transplant at that time. As a result, Ayesha was placed on the waiting list.

In the meantime, she was fitted with left ventricular assist devices to help pump blood to her heart. She returned home after the completion of the procedure. However, her health started getting destroyed in 2013. Her heart began to malfunction on the right side. Her heart had also developed a leak.  “It was terrible watching my daughter suffer,” recalled her mother, Sanobar. “We reached out to the surgeon and told him we couldn’t afford surgery, but he asked us to come to India.”

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Her medical team in India, at the time, a heart transplant was necessary to save her life. The surgery took place on January 31st, 2024. She was later discharged from the hospital on April 17th, 2024. Ayesha’s medical bills were covered by an NGO Aishwarya Trust, medical professionals, and former patients.

“We decided to take the risk partly because the condition of the donor’s heart was good and partly because we knew this was Ayesha’s only chance,” explained Dr Suresh Rao KG, co-director at MGM Healthcare’s Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant. Ayesha returned home after being cleared by her medical team. The teenager girl had a miraculous return to life following her surgery.