579th surgery under Rotary Club of Chandigarh’s Heartline Project
NewZNew (Chandigarh) : Prem Lal, a farmer in village Lundra of tehsil Chamoli in Uttrakhand was a shattered man when he learnt that his teenage son Mohinder, studying in class 10th was suffering from some serious disease.
Mahinder was referred to PGI, where he was diagnosed with heart disease requiring surgery. His elder brother Om Parkash recalled that the PGI informed that the surgery would cost them Rs.2.75 lakh, and they had no money for Mohinder’s treatment.
Living in Rotary serai in PGI, they had no source or support to collect this money, and an appeal was published in a local newspaper which was noticed by Past Rotary International President Rajendra K. Saboo, who immediately went into action, and the Club contacted Mahinder and got him examined at its partner hospital, Fortis in Mohali, informed club President D.P. Singh
Mahinder (17) was operated successfully by Dr. T.S. Mahant, Executive Director CTVS at Fortis Hospital which required replacement of both heart valves on 1st of July, added Baldev Aggarwal, past president and co-chairman of the heartline project.
Rotary Club of Chandigarh had committed way back in 1999 that no child should die of heart disease for want of money and therefore year after year, the club members had been contributing personally, raising funds through various events, and even being supported by the philanthropists to carry forward the task, Aggarwal said.
Club Secretary Rtn Mona Khattar informed that till date lives of 560 children have been saved through free heart surgeries with the support of our partner hospitals, PGI and the Fortis Hospital Mohali.