Artemis Hospital offers free medical aid to Hyderabad toddler who bleeds from her eyes

The news of a Hyderabad-based toddler, who might be suffering from hematodrosis, has caught the attention of Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon. For the last two years, three-year-old Ahana Afzal has been suffering from a rare condition which makes her eyes, ears, nose and mouth bleed profusely.

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The news of baby Ahana has baffled the masses, for she bleeds every day although she has no wounds on her body. The excess bleeding has left the little girl exhausted. It all started when Ahana bled from her nose due to pneumonia, which doctors dismissed as high fever. The child used to go out to attend school till two months ago after which she was forced to stay at home due to the severity of her disease. Ahana also needs multiple blood transfusions and frequent admissions due to constant bleeding.

The toddler’s parents, Nazima Begum and Mohammed Afzal, have spent huge amount of money on tests, but have failed to find out any definite report confirming the disease. They have now sought help for their daughter through social media posts. Medical experts at Artemis Hopsital are of the opinion that Ahana suffers from the ultra rare condition called hematodrosis or haemolacria. And the hospital has come forward to help Ahana for free.
Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon is the first health centre that has come forward to help Ahana by offering free treatment. The hospital has previously treated five cases of this kind, while two patients are being treated for similar disorder. For Dr Shashidhar, ENT specialist at Artemis Hospital, this case is going to be his third case of this kind. Dr Shashidhar, who has been associated with Artemis Hospital, suspects that Ahana is suffering from haemolacria. The expert medic has previously treated two similar cases, where children were sweating and crying tears of blood.
The first haemolacria patient Dr Shashidhar treated was Dharambir, a 15-year-old boy from Palwal, Haryana. The boy was deemed to be possessed by evil spirits, and was shunned by his village. His family hopelessly looked for a cure for two years, and finally arrived at Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon in 2011. Dr Shashidhar diagnosed the boy and found out that he was suffering from haemolacria and treated him.
The second case Dr Shashidhar treated was a 15-year-old Delhi girl named Preeti Gupta, who was suffering from the same rare condition for five years. The girl too was diagnosed with haemolacria and was treated at Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon.
According to Dr Shashidhar, he had never seen such cases in his life. It was only after he started working at Artemis Hospital that he came across Dharambir’s case. Now with the experience of two successful treatments under its belt, Artemis Hospital is planning to treat Ahana, and not bill her parents, because for the hospital, nothing is above a humanitarian job.
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  • Arpita

    Feeling proud to have this hospital here. I went there for stomach treatment infection. To some extent …yes. Was constantly facing issues with my stomach. Eventually, I had to be very selective with whatever I eat…..nothing suited my stomach. It used to pain so bad and I even had constipation at times. I even changed my food habits..but it dint really help. To my surprise, the treatment by Dr. Gupta here at artemis hospital resolved all my digestive issues. The medicines he prescribed me were really effective. Not just that, he even suggested me a few home remedies which turned out to be great for my stomach.

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