Pakistani hole-in-heart toddler to undergo surgery in India today

Pakistani hole-in-heart toddler to undergo surgery in India today

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

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 14, 2017, 07.30 AM (IST)

A four-month-old Pakistani baby, who has a complicated heart problem, will undergo an operation in India on Wednesday.

Toddler Rohaan was granted a medical visa on humanitarian grounds by New Delhi recently, after his father Saadiq requested India's foreign minister on Twitter to allow them to visit the country for medical treatment.

India's foreign minister Sushma Swaraj replied on May 31, promising Saadiq that they would be given a visa if they applied to the Indian high commission in Pakistan again.

Read: India grants Pakistani baby medical visa

On May 12, Rohaan and his father arrived in India and headed straight to Jaypee Hospital in Noida, a satellite town close to India's capital city New Delhi.

The goodwill gesture was shown amid high tensions running along the Line of Control -- the de facto border separating India and Pakistan -- where troops from both sides have lost their lives due to a breakdown in diplomatic relations.

Doctors at Jaypee Hospital informed that the four-month-old baby would be operated today and were optimistic that the surgery would be successful.

Cardiologists Dr Ashutosh Marwah and surgeon Rajesh Sharma are helming the toddler's treatment. 

(WION)

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Rohaan, a four-month-old baby, is undergoing treatment in India after his father requested New Delhi to grant them a medical visa

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