Srilatha's Story

Srilatha sits in her mother's lap, alongside her brother and father.In June 2010, Children’s HeartLink, along with a team of physicians and nurses from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University, completed a training visit to Innova Children’s Heart Hospital in Hyderabad, India. We had the opportunity to meet a young girl and her family at their home and witness their journey throughout the treatment process.

Srilatha's family home on the outskirts of HyderabadSrilatha, who at the time was five years old, lives with her mom, dad, and brother in a small village on the outskirts of Hyderabad. She was diagnosed with an atrial septal defect (ASD) shortly after birth when she went to the doctor for routine vaccinations. After discovering her heart defect, her family took her to several hospitals, but they struggled to find a doctor who could treat her.

Srilatha's grandmother offers gratitude for the procedure she will receiveEventually, they were referred to Innova Children’s Heart Hospital, a Children’s HeartLink partner specializing in pediatric cardiac care. Innova recommended Srilatha’s case be reviewed by the Children’s HeartLink volunteer team from Stanford when they were at Innova for a training visit.

During the training visit, Srilatha had an interventional catheterization procedure that successfully closed her ASD. She was able to avoid open heart surgery, which made her recovery much quicker. She spent only one night in the hospital and is now back home with her family and doing very well!

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