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    Indians have a big heart, says Pakistani
    Free Press News Service
    16 July 1999

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    Chennai (July 16): Even in the thick of the Kargil war and hatred, one Pakistani has discovered that Indians have a big heart when it comes to helping people in distress.
    Mohd Asif of Karachi was in a fix. His six-year-old daughter Sadia was born with a hole in the heart. She was operated upon in Karachi, but developed complications. Asif was told that the only way out was to seek help from the Madras Medical Mission Hospital that specialises in operating on infant hearts. But that suggestion gave Asif a mild 'heart attack'. How could he ever go to an enemy country at the height of a war and seek help? What will be the reception? But then his daughter had only three months of life left according to local doctors and Asif was forced to take the chance.

    After two months of running around, he finally got the visa. "We were apprehensive. We were expecting to meet rude people. People who hated us. We came via Mumbai, but did not stop there as they do no rent rooms to Pakistanis may be because of the ongoing problem. But in Chennai, we were in for a pleasant shock. We actually received more help than we got even in Karachi, not just the quality of treatment, but the general public, " Asif said.

    "I realise that all these problems are created only by politicians. I will probably ask the local press there to highlight the case of Sadia," he said.

    Sadia not only got her hole in the heart plugged, but also got a graft from an unknown Indian. But the little one is blissfully unaware of all the talk of war and hatred. She is more excited with a group of children from a local school in Ambattur who have come to meet her and cheer her up with toys, balloons and even colourful bindis! Sporting a bindi, Sadia peeks into a mirror and lets out a laugh from her repaired heart.

    Sadia's grandmother Gulbanu, who accompanied the ailing kid, was also apprehensive about coming to India at the time of war. "But my husband, a retired employee of Karachi Port Trust, had travelled extensively in India six years ago. He asked us to go ahead saying that Indians are not the type of people who harass any Pakistani civilians.The amount of care and love we got even from strangers in this city is something we never experienced from our own people at home," she said.

    Dr K M Cherian, Director of MMM Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, who operated on Sadia, said this was a classic case of 'heart diplomacy at work. The little one would be ready for school and normal routine very soon. The child suffered from a 'transposition' of the great arteries. Her heart had two outlets arising from a single pump and there was a big chunk of muscle below the artery carrying blood to the lungs. This was causing obstruction to the outflow.

    There was also a large hole in the heart. When she was seven months old, a shunt was placed, as a temporary measure. In the surgery she underwent in MMM, valve homograft, from an Indian, was done. Other rectification procedures, including closing the hose, were done.

    Asif is now looking forward to coming back to Chennai in six months for his daughter's check-up, when, Inshallah, there will be no Kargils or Bandiporas. He then plans to take a little more of Tamil Nadu and India to his heart.


    (Source: Free Press News Service)
    Aryan:- This is what we r Indians helping ppl who needs it. I know of a Pakistani journalist who was in Calcutta and reported that ppl were quite friendly even knowing that he is a Pakistani.

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    Well i observe that no one has replied to this thread!Gues no1 can make up any hindu extremist conspiracy plots to dissmiss the above post!!!!!

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