Four-month-old Vidisha is being called a “miracle baby” in the Parel hospital that has been her home for the last two months. She was not only born with a major heart defect that needed a 12-hour surgery, but she suffered six heart attacks thereafter.
Vidisha, who was born to Kalyan residents Vishaka and Vinod Waghmare, is likely to be discharged from B J Wadia Hospital within the next couple of days. Her parents could barely manage Rs 25,000 for the Rs 5-lakh bill that was paid by various donors of the hospital.”When she was 45 days old, Vidisha vomited after I fed her and fell unconscious. We shook her awake, but she again became unconscious,” said Vishaka. They rushed the baby to a local nursing home, where they were advised to take her to B J Wadia Hospital. Vidisha was diagnosed with a heart defect called transposition of the great arteries, in which connections to the big arteries called aorta and pulmonary artery are switched. “Basically, her heart’s anatomy was opposite of a normal heart,” explained Dr Biswa Panda, paediatric cardiac surgeon of Wadia Hospital, who operated on her on March 14.
B J Wadia Hospital CEO Dr Minnie Bodhanwala said, “We toiled for three years to get a cardiac surgery department to help underprivileged children with heart disease. It feels good that our objective is being met.