Pak baby recovers from surgery in India, set to return home

Rohaan has been in India since June 12. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 18, 2017, 06.02 AM (IST)

A five-month-old Pakistani boy, who was promised medical treatment by Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj after his father tweeted about not being able to get a visa, is going home following a successful surgery in a hospital in Noida. 

Rohaan, who had a congenital heart disease, came to India with his parents on June 12 to undergo a high-risk surgery called Arterial Switch, The Times of India reported.

"The child has been successfully operated upon and his health condition is being monitored. He will be discharged soon," a spokesperson for the hospital told TOI. 

Read: India grants medical visa to Pakistani toddler amid tension along border

On May 22, the boy’s father Kanwal Saadik, had tweeted to Swaraj and Pakistan foreign affairs minister Sartaj Aziz that his child was “suffering” due to the delay in getting medical treatment and was unable to get a visa due to a change in the procedure of medical visa application, following tensions between the two countries. 

The case was brought to Swaraj’s notice after a series of tweets from Saadik and several Twitter users from the two countries. 

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Five-month-old Rohaan was promised medical treatment by Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj after his father tweeted about the difficulties in getting a medical visa following tensions between the two countries