Kochi: Idris Ariyan returns home to Pakistan today, his heart full of sweet memories of the love and care he received in India.
The 14-year-old was gifted a new life after a heart surgery at Amrita Hospital in the city and is grateful to the hospital that provided free medical care, a dedicated team of doctors, the Rotary Club that helped him with a free care plan, and the government of India that allowed him to come to India.
The teen from Faisalabad was facing a serious risk to his life when doctors in Pakistan declared four months ago that his congenital heart problem has to be fixed immediately with an emergency surgery.
His mother Roze Rifath could not find a way to the meet expenses for the surgery in Pak hospitals. However, the Rotary Club's 'Gift of Life' plan came to his help.
Rotary authorities in Pakistan contacted their counterparts in India and Dr. A.C. Peter took the lead in the efforts to bring him to Amrita Hospital at the earliest. However, visa issues delayed his arrival in India for another two months.
Finally, it was the intervention of the Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj that ensured visas for Ariyan and Rafath. Arian and his mother were soon in India on the condition that they remain confined to the hospital premises.
The boy was admitted in the hospital for treatment on August 30. Dr. P.K. Brijesh and Dr. R. Krishnakumar led the team of doctors who carried out his surgery on September 2.