CASE History - CHIME
Referred by: Dr. Robert
Thirumala, aged 12, is the elder son of Yelliah and Kala. He was diagnosed with a heart ailment soon after birth.
Yelliah and Kala eke their living by fishing residing on the island of Irukkam, situated in the Pulicat lake but geographically a part of Nellore District. Bringing him every now and then from Irukkam to Arumbakkam for treatment as a baby was tough for the parents. He was then referred to Children’s hospital where the parents were told that his condition would rectify over a period of time.
To overcome the cost of ferrying every morning to school, Thirumala stays in Arumbakkam with his grand-mother and goes to school from there. A medical camp in his school identified he had a heart problem and he was referred to Thiruvallur Hospital. From here he has been referred to MIOT Hospitals. This was in 2019.
Thirumala is Diagnosed to have Originally large sub arterial, outlet septal type VSD restricted by RCC prolapsed, left to right shunt, deformed RCC with Mild AR, intact IAS.
He has to undergo VSD Closure + Aortic Valve Repair for correction of the same.
Estimate Cost – Rs. 2,60,000 including surgery, ICU & Hospital stay, Post op investigations and medications
With the lockdown Thirumala had to discontinue school after his 6th standard, as he is one of those children who cannot afford a smart phone. Both his parents are not literate. They, like many, cannot understand the concept of online education. They are unable to continue their children's education, more because they cannot afford the fees in these harsh times. But the boy is so smart and he is hoping he can resume once things get to normal. He is back home at Irukkam island.
As the parents are from Andhra Pradesh they do not have government funding in Tamil Nadu.
Yelliah and Kala worry a lot about Thirumala and wonder if he can be cured of his ailment. They felt very disturbed when they heard the estimate and say that they cannot think of anyone who can give them or loan them money at these times.
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