Being a girl, daughter, sister, wife, and mother life disclosed full zest of challenges for me. My life took a drastic turn in 2016 when my mother died. Being youngest, love of the whole family and closest to mother; I was devastated in a way that started a new voyage for me and my family. The news of my son Rohaan was a ray of light for everyone.
On the fifth day of Rohaan’s birth, he had difficulty in breathing. The pediatrician took some tests and diagnosed him with jaundice. Phototherapy (special light treatment) was performed, but his cries were so loud that those were tearing my heart. Within a day doctors announced, “He is CHD child”. I remember he was in my lap and we checked almost every possibility for his treatment. I saw lines outside clinics and wards, crying parents, few treated but unsatisfied, few waiting for treatment, some seeking for financial aid guidance, what a horrible scenario was that only a person going through that phase can imagine.
We faced a lot of difficulties in this whole journey. We found that there were very few nurseries for infants with enough facilities in a big city like Lahore. Then there is lack of facilities and staff for heart patients especially infants. Surgeons and doctors are there but still cases like Rohaan’s is not operatable here due to lack of infrastructure and technology. Moreover, our system is so messed up that medical cases are not handled on urgent basis.
Meanwhile I decided that once my son surgery will be done, I will do whatever is in my hands for such children and their parents. I came to know about PCHF by my husband, he always adored Mr. Farhan Ahmed that we dream to follow his footsteps. We have to stand together to bring revolution in this field. If our son can’t be treated in his own homeland, at least we can put some part that in future others won’t face same difficulty.
My name is Muhammad Faisal Javaid, my life motive was almost changed by my kids, when my first son was born, and he was diagnosed mild hemophilia. For his tests I literally travelled between Karachi and Lahore several times. But never imagine that much worse part is coming. When my second son Rohaan was born, he was fine but at the fifth day he felt difficulty in breath, his heart beat was very fast and he was pale. We took him for tests and he was diagnosed jaundice, during its treatment we came to know about the fact that he is CHD Child. From that day i searched every possibility for his treatment, I saw people having same difficulties we are facing, but the worst part was many knew nothing about CHD, neither they were aware of basics. I observed there is lack of proper technical support and infrastructure. Limited number of surgeons and cardiologist in our country make it even more difficult to cope with this disease. After receiving negative responses from everywhere, I decided on spot that whether my son will be treated or not I will do something for other parents who are going through same. By that time i came to know about PCHF, by Mr Farhan Ahmed, his kind guidance helped us to think in broad perspective. I searched hard; my son first surgery was done without any support from my homeland, for which my heart still bleeds. I know we have to go from same difficulties which we faced before, and that motivates me to work with PCHF, so we could together pave way to some solution, so no one other can suffer.
Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation (PCHF) and *Hameed Latif Hospital* are working together to usher in a new era for surgeries of deserving CHD patients.
MoU Signing Ceremony Held between Hameed Latif Hospital and Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation (PCHF)
04 May 2018, Lahore – Hameed Latif Hospital has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation (PCHF), which is involved with improving access to quality paediatric cardiac care. The signing ceremony was held at Hameed Latif Hospital, where senior executives from both organizations were present.
At the ceremony, Chairman Hameed Latif Group Prof. Dr. Rashid Latif shared his vision and plan for serving the society and creating a social impact. CEO PCHF Farhan Ahmad shared his vision for his organization and laid out a plan to achieve their goals. Program will be jointly branded in marketing collaterals *funded by PCHF*. The goal of the program will be to raise awareness of heart diseases in children.
Hameed Latif Hospital is to spearhead the development of healthcare in Pakistan and facilitate the communities we serve to enjoy better healthier lives.
To enrich lives and sustain health by enabling access to comprehensive, fully integrated medical facilities of the highest quality and standard, delivered with care, concern and compassion.
Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation (PCHF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish a state-of-the-art medial facility that provides high-quality care to children with heart diseases, irrespective of their financial status. Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation financially supported 1000+ deserving children born with Congenital Heart Defects. It also aims to serve as a model of excellence and train healthcare professionals, raise awareness among the public, and promote research into the causes and management of congenital heart disease. PCHF uses zakat according to shariah and 100% of donation is spent on Patient care. We are audited by KPMG and all our donations are deposited in separate bank accounts for zakat & donation.
for more information visit www.pchf.org.pk or call 031111HEART