Little Kids with Heart Defects finds Christmas cheer at Hospital

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Volunteers and professionals from Uday Foundation held special Christmas storytelling session and played music to entertain children suffering from heart diseases.

Every year many children and their families are forced to spend Christmas in hospital due to medical conditions of children. Your foundation is celebrating Christmas with these angels since last 4 years and this year too we celebrated Christmas with little kids admitted in Escorts Heart Institute.

We know that beyond medicine a whole lot of other things aid in a child’s healing and if they’re happy and they’re comfortable, they’re going to heal better and they’ll have a better experience.

Our volunteers take a special interest in sick children, and wanted to make sure they had all received their presents on Christmas Day. Even though they’re in hospital and not at home, giving them presents and seeing the smiles on their faces – it just makes their day and it makes our day. We know some of them are very sick, but we try to make Christmas day extra special for them.

The children’s ward in Escorts hospital beat the usual sombre look with decorations of ornamental stars, bells, baubles and ribbons in pre-Christmas celebration on Saturday.

The pediatric ward has patients few-day-old to teens. Even though the very young ones could not understand the hustle bustle around, the celebration came as a confidence-boosting measure for their parents.

“Today’s event helped me forget what we are going through for a few hours at least. It has been a tough month otherwise,” said Rachna Kumar, mother of 20-day-old Ravi who has been operated for the hole in the heart. She has come with her husband from Ludhiana a week ago.

Mohammad Akram, 12, from Karachi got a colourbook from the Santa who distributed gifts to all the children there. “I will go back with nice memories of today. I am happy to have received the colourbook,” said Akram who will be discharged from the hospital tomorrow after having been operated thrice for heart diseases.

The volunteers narrated stories which generate hope and help children understand their world better.

Pallavi Tyagi, a volunteer who passed out of school this year, has been involved in such activities for the last one year. “I aspire to be a doctor. This exercise helps me be sensitive to children. Such celebrations indeed bring smile to their faces which look tensed always,” said she. The two-hour programme also had music session in which Tushar, another volunteer, played guitar to the kids.