Tara Homes for Children, NGO for street children in Delhi, India

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A new heart for Vinay

After long delays, we are thrilled today to announce that Vinay’s operation took place on the 12th of August at Max Hospital. In January, a cardiologist from Max Hospital detected a missing pulmonary valve which endangered Vinay’s life. The valve replacement (also called keyhole surgery) was recommended as a lifesaving operation for Vinay.

This procedure is extremely new in India; actually Vinay is the first patient to benefit from this technology in all of whole North India! It is less traumatizing and risky than an open heart surgery, and is why we decided to wait despite the multiple delays for the valve’s delivery, so that Vinay could benefit from the most up to date technology available.

On 10th of August, Vinay was admitted to Max Hospital after the long awaited valve arrived. His operation went perfectly fine on 12th of August and Vinay was able to rest in his own bed in Tara Boys a few days after the successful operation! Follow up tests conducted in Max Hospital show that the new valve is working perfectly and that Vinay’s body is adjusting well too.
A huge THANKS to all of you who supported us and made this operation possible!

Vinay’s happiness and healthiness is the best result from these long weeks of waiting and all our gratitude goes to our wonderful sponsors during the journey. We hope that many others in North India will soon benefit from this new technology.

Due to his multiple disabilities, Vinay needs to fly his own wings in an adapted environment, which a program like Tara Big Birds is not able to provide him. Once recovered, Vinay (now 18 and aged out of Tara Homes) will therefore be welcomed by the NGO Muskaan, which provides vocational training, employment and harnesses the abilities of young adults with a specific daily care for their special needs. We want to express our admiration for Muskaan’s remarkable work and we are convinced that its team will give Vinay all the tools to flourish!

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