When I heard about it I knew that we were going to help even though the foundation doesn't really "do" medical. I didn't really ask too many questions - wouldn't have understood the answers anyway - I just knew that if the doctor said he could survive the trip and the surgery, he was going. I initially heard about Anand from an email on March 4th from the President of IWAM who had been approached by Med Pro Vision Foundation about possibly donating some money. They had attached an information sheet about Anand including his diagnosis and prognosis which included the chilling words - Anand will likely not be strong enough to survive surgery in 3 weeks. His oh-so-slightly wonky clock which had been ticking ominously since birth was nearly ticked out. Three weeks. $15,000.00 and he's fine. Or...Three weeks, and he's dead. Pretty much a no-brainer.
He arrived on Sunday and was admitted to Apollo hospital in Chennai where he was subjected to a whole battery of tests which showed that he was only suffering from two of the three problems he had been diagnosed with and so the whole repair could be done in one fell swoop - only one operation ... not one now and another one in six months as had been feared. He spent 9 days in this wonderfully modern hospital ( I've been promised pictures of his time there ...as soon as I get them I'll add them on so you can all get a see the beaming doctors who cared for him) as every thing was prepared for his surgery and on March 18th, he underwent 5 hours of surgery which saved his life. A few hours after surgery he was off of oxygen and 5 days later he was out of intensive care. Ten days after that he and his mom were back on an airplane heading home.