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Power Of Hope

When Beverly Prasad was told that her four-month-old daughter was diagnosed with congenital heart disease in February 2018, she had her husband by her side to share the burden with.
12 Jan 2020 10:50
Power Of Hope
Beverly Prasad with daughter Amayra and son Ronick in Suva on January 11, 2020. Photo: Shreeya Verma

When Beverly Prasad was told that her four-month-old daughter was diagnosed with congenital heart disease in February 2018, she had her husband by her side to share the burden with.

Both had no idea about the disease but noticed changes in their daughter, Amayra’s body.

Her fingernails, lips and tongue would turn bluish-black.

She was often kept at the children’s emergency department at the Colonial War Memorial (CWM) Hospital for observation.

“At times, Amayra would collapse whenever she cried, due to lack of enough oxygen,” Ms Prasad said.

But another tragedy struck four months after receiving news of Amayra’s diagnosis.

The family’s sole breadwinner, Ronilesh Prasad died from a heart attack.

He was only 35-years-old and was employed at Pleass Beverages in Namosi, as a customs officer.

His demise left Ms Prasad in a state of helplessness with two daughters to look after.

“It was hard for me after my husband died and Amayra had a hole in her heart,” she said.

“I thought everything was over and I could not carry on with life.

“Losing my husband is still a shock, but I cannot afford to lose my daughter.”

The hope of seeing her daughter live a normal life kept Ms Prasad going.

The timely assistance from the Sai Prema Foundation was a dream come true for Ms Prasad.

They organised the doctors in India to provide treatment for Amayra.

Ms Prasad was impressed by the foundation’s vision that children’s lives are precious.”

With the help of family and friends, Ms Prasad travelled to India on January 2019 and Amarya received her treatment for free.

“I only had to pay for the airline tickets as well as pay the Fiji doctor we took to India for Amayra’s check-up during the flight,” she said.

Amayra had to complete three stages of surgery. The first stage was successful one.

“The doctors fitted an artificial tube for oxygen and blood to circulate properly and the other two stages will be take place after two or three years,” she said.

Amarya is now active and healthy.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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