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Durgapur help for boy with holes in heart
- Doctor offers free surgery, club money

Balurghat, Jan. 31: A private hospital in Durgapur and the Rotary Club of Aero City there have decided to extend a helping hand to a three-year-old boy from South Dinajpur, who is suffering from a congenital heart disease and needs an urgent surgery, after reading about him in The Telegraph.

The boy’s mother Hasina Bibi had sought financial assistance from the district magistrate of South Dinajpur for the child’s treatment and the report was published in this newspaper on January 22.

District administration sources said the request had been forwarded to Swasthya Bhawan in Calcutta.

Imran Mandal, Hasina’s fourth child after three daughters, has been suffering from heart problems since birth and a paediatrician had detected his ailment when he was two months old. Later, an echocardiography was done and it was found that Imran had two holes in the valves of his heart.

Heart specialists in Calcutta and doctors at a private hospital in Bangalore had advised an urgent surgery.

Hasina, 34, said the operation would cost around Rs 3 to Rs 3.5 lakh and they could not afford it. Her husband is a daily wage labourer from Angina village in Kumarganj block, 24km from here, and often goes to other states for work.

A non-profit organisation in South Dinajpur that collects money for surgeries on people who cannot afford them, contacted The Mission Hospital in Durgapur and narrated the plight of the family.

Satyajit Bose, a cardiac surgeon at the hospital, responded by saying he was ready to help the child if he was brought to Durgapur. “I felt sad after reading the article. We want to help the child. The operation is expensive but can be performed free of cost if the mother wants to come here with the child,” Bose said over the phone.

From the Rotary Club of Aero City, Durgapur, Subir Roy, a co-chairman of the Burdwan District Heart to Heart Programme, said they would arrange money for the boy’s treatment. “I had seen the news in The Telegraph. I came to know that the child is from a poor family and his parents cannot afford the surgery. On behalf of the Rotary Club of Aero City, Durgapur, we are inviting them to come to Durgapur and we will arrange for the surgery at The Mission Hospital,” he said.

Hasina said a lot of people had promised financial help after reading the report in this newspaper.

“Since the article was published, many have offered us money. We are very poor and we might end up spending the amount. But the offer by the doctor in Durgapur and the Rotary Club has made me hopeful. I had lost all hopes when doctors told me that I have to pay more than Rs 3 lakh for the surgery,” she said. “I must thank the doctor. My husband will be back in a couple of days. We will leave for Durgapur in a week.”