Pak Couple Thanks Swaraj After Infant Gets New Lease of Life 

Rohaan has a hole in his heart and Sushma Swaraj helped him get a medical visa to come to India for treatment.

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A four-month-old Pakistani baby boy got a fresh lease of life after undergoing heart surgery at a private hospital in Noida owing to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's efforts.

The father of the boy Kanwal Sadiq expressed his gratitude towards Swaraj for providing all help to procure the medical visa for treatment in India, and urged her to further open doors for medical visas of other Pakistanis.

Rohaan's parents were unable to get an Indian medical visa for their child's treatment due to the strained bilateral relationship between the two countries.

Rohaan had a hole in his heart and was referred to the multi-speciality hospital for his treatment. However, his parents were unable to procure a medical visa owing to the cross-border tensions between India and Pakistan.


Sadiq approached Sushma Swaraj with a plea for a medical visa, who immediately directed authorities to issue a visa. The family arrived via Wagah Border.

Dr Ashutosh Marwah, a pediatric cardiologist, along with pediatric cardiac surgeon Dr Rajesh Sharma will work on Rohaan’s treatment.

“Rohaan has a hole in the heart along with a condition called D-transposition Of greta arteries. In this condition, the heart and lung nerves come from the opposite direction and there will be flow of no oxygen-rich blood in the body. Due to the same, there would be complication in breathing from first month onwards, hence the child starts breathing heavily. Weight of the child does not increase and due to repeated pneumonia, the chances of survival become less. The most important thing is that the disease should be treated soon enough, because after 8 months the disease becomes untreatable and the chances of death increases,” Dr Marwah said.


“Rohaan is suffering from a critical condition. He has a hole in his heart and aorta. Due to this disease, Rohaan’s pressure of lungs goes up very quickly and there is shortage of clean blood in different parts of his body... If this disease is treated within 4 months of birth, the chances of survival will be 100 per cent. Since Rohaan has already completed 4 months, therefore the surgery will have 5 to 10 percent risk,” Dr Sharma added.

(With inputs from ANI)

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