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Genesis Foundation and SBI Foundation collaborate to save a 2-month-old infant from heart failure.

Updated: Jul 12, 2022

Sakshi  was two months old when she was diagnosed with an Aorta Pulmonary Window. The infant would not have survived infancy if she had not gotten prompt medical and financial help from SBI Foundation via Genesis Foundation. Sakshi, who weighs 2.9 kilos, is one of India's tiniest toddlers to undergo Aorta Pulmonary Window device closure.

She is the only child of Thane, Maharashtra residents Sahira (name changed) and Suhail (name altered). Sakshi experienced shortness of breath and feeding difficulties a few weeks after her birth. She was diagnosed with Aorta Pulmonary Window, a complicated congenital cardiac abnormality (AP Window). It affects 0.1% of all infants born with cardiac abnormalities.

The artery and the pulmonary arteries are the two major arteries of a normal heart, with the aorta carrying blood to the body and the pulmonary carrying blood to the lungs. There is a hole between these arteries in an AP Window, which allows more blood to flow to the lungs, boosting lung pressure. Children with AP Window require early attention; else, they die in infancy from heart failure.

Dr. L Srinivas, a pediatric cardiologist, closed her device in the Cath Lab. Her father works as a laborer (loader) for a pittance. Her operation was supported by SBI Foundation in collaboration with Genesis Foundation because she had no money for therapy.

Sakshi, who is two months old and weighs 2.9 kilos, is one of the 25+ infants supported by SBI Foundation in collaboration with Genesis Foundation. When infants are born with simple cardiac problems, a one-time medical intervention assures that they are treated for life and can live a normal life.

"We are happy of how far our country's medical infrastructure and capabilities have progressed, allowing such complicated therapeutic operations to be conducted on newborns. We are grateful for our collaboration with Genesis Foundation and Jupiter Hospital in providing timely financial support for Sakshi's treatment, and we look forward to her bright future." - Shri Lalit Mohan, President and Chief Operating Officer of the SBI Foundation

"Only with the help of CSR partners like SBI Foundation are we able to Save Little Hearts, one kid at a time. Their faith in the integrity of our work guarantees that infants like Sakshi, who would not have survived infancy, may enjoy a healthy and joyful life." - Simran Sagar, Genesis Foundation's Operations Director

"I am really grateful to Genesis Foundation and SBI Foundation for the prompt financial assistance granted to the family, as Sakshi would not have lived without it. She may now live a normal life thanks to a timely medical intervention." Dr. L Srinivas is a paediatric cardiologist at Jupiter Hospital in Thane.

The SBI Foundation

SBI Foundation is the State Bank of India's CSR arm. In keeping with its heritage of service beyond banking, the foundation today works in over 28 Indian states and union territories on rural development, healthcare, education, livelihood and skill development, youth empowerment, sports promotion, and other initiatives. SBI Foundation believes in reflecting the SBI group's character, in conducting ethical interventions, in encouraging progress and equality, and in making a beneficial influence on society.

The Genesis Foundation

The Genesis Foundation provides medical assistance to critically ill underprivileged children with Congenital Heart Defects. The assistance necessary in the aforementioned severe sickness ranges from specialised operations (including neonatal), Cath Lab Interventions, and post-surgery rehabilitation and recuperation.

We, Save Small Hearts.

Over 3,600 severely ill children have received medical treatment as a result of our efforts. The Foundation supports children from households with a monthly income of less than or equal to Rs 20,000, whose parents are unable to afford treatment for their children.

GF is registered under Income Tax Act Sections 12-A and 80-G, which provides company to a 50% tax exemption. GF is also FCRA-registered, allowing it to receive foreign funding.


Simran Sagar

Operations Director, Genesis Foundation


Phone: +(91) 98999 99065

SOURCE Genesis Found\ PRnewswire

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