6 year old girl writes to Narendra Modi, gets financial help for heart surgery


Pune: A six year old girl who is suffering from heart disease wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi looking for financial help which was granted following which she undergo surgery and she is now getting better.

Vaishali Yadav, hail from a poor family, suffered from a hole in her heart. Her father is a painter, was unable to pay for an expensive heart surgery and had even sold her toys and bicycle to purchase medicines.  Vaishali, then wrote a letter to Narendra Modi, requesting him to help her by clearing up her health condition and her family’s monetary incapability to meet the huge medical expenses.

Within a week, the Prime Minister’s Office alerted the Pune district administration, prompting them to help the girl. The district authorities rushed the girl to city-based Ruby Hall Clinic where she was effectively operated free of charge on June 2.

“Vaishali had a hole in the heart and after consulting various hospitals, we came to know that the surgery expenses were above Rs three lakh. However, due to our poor economical background and lack of below poverty line (BPL) documents, the surgery was not possible,” said Vaishali’s Uncle Pratap Yadav, who is also a painter.

District Collector Sourabh Rao told that they received the correspondence from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 24 and immediately the family was traced.

“Dr Shrikar Pardeshi, IAS officer and Director in the PMO, personally called me to inform about the letter and asked to help the girl accordingly,” he said.

Dr Sanjay Pathare, Medical Director of Ruby Hall Clinic, said the girl was admitted to the hospital on June 2 and was operated on June 4. “The girl is fine and healthy now and was discharged yesterday,” he said.