Meena Sriram, a resident of Mumbai, helped raise Rs. 25 lakh to pay for multiple surgeries for her driver’s son who was born with holes in his heart. Aditya Shinde, the six-year-old boy, needed two open-heart surgeries and one heart transplant.
His father Rupesh Shinde, 37, works as a driver for a couple from Sion. He said Aditya had already undergone two open heart surgeries to fix the holes, but the procedures were not successful. The defect left him crippled as he would be out of breath if he attempted to walk. The multiple procedures also meant that Shinde was crushed under a mountain of debt.
“More than anything else, I didn’t know what to tell my son who kept asking me when he would walk again like any other child. But my employer Meena Sriram and the doctors in Chennai made it happen at a time when I was on the verge of giving up,” said Shinde, who is working with the Sion couple for past 10 years.
“Meenaji asked me why I was so depressed. When I narrated my story, she contacted her friends and arranged the money [Rs 25 lakh] within a week and forced me to go to Chennai. The rest is history.”
Meena, who works as a financial advisor and has helped many doctors streamline their finances, was equally ecstatic. “The most important thing is all the money came in within two days. They included my friends, clients. I told Rupesh that it was easier to accept defeat. I forced him to go to Chennai. A friend accompanied him so that there was no language problem and came back with a quote.”
Meena said she encouraged Shinde not to give up. “Aditya’s story is about things are possible. I was glad I was connected with doctors. If someone reaches out to the right doctors and ask the right questions, a lot of lives can be saved. Everyone has made this happen. A person in my office earning only Rs 25,000 gave a cheque of Rs 5000. Giving is important as it can save so many lives.”
Dr. K R Balakrishnan, who operated upon Aditya, said it was tricky case as the boy had already undergone two open heart surgeries.
News Source: Times of India