Kajenthini, the 20 year old girl from Erlalai, Kadduvan in Jaffna
who was admitted to Colombo Asiri Heart Care Centre by the Army
for an urgent heart surgery is now reported out of danger after
a successful surgery on Friday (30), hospital reports said.
was admitted to hospital in a critical condition after being examined
by Dr. Vivek Guptha, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon of Asiri
Heart Care Centre during a free medical camp organized by the
Atchelu-based 511 Brigade on 18th March 2012. (See
“Latest News” Titled “511 Brigade Coordinates another Medical
Camp for Civilians” on 19 March 2012 of www.cimicjaffna.lk)
With auspices of Commander Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major
General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, 511 Brigade initiated the campaign
“Saving Kajenthini” to educate the public and find donors to save
the life of the girl. Having realized the girl’s critical condition,
her poor economical background and the Army’s enthusiasm to cure
this heart patient, Dr. V. Guptha decided to wave off his professional
charges on the surgery. As a response to the request of Dr. Guptha
and Clinical Director of Asiri Heart Care Centre Dr. Anil Perera,
Chief Executive Officer of Asiri Surgiacl Hospital Dr. Manjula
Karunarathne promised to relinquish the hospital charges too and
informed the Army to buy only two valves required.
Kirubananthan, an engineer and Jaffna-born philanthropist who
constantly joins hands with the Army to enhance welfare of Jaffna
people, this time too came forward to spend Rs. 400,000/= for
this innocent girl’s life at the request of the Army. (Earlier,
Mr. Kirubanathan donated uniforms to all students at two schools
in Kayts and opened bank accounts for four war-affected disable
students at “Kaithady Nuffield’s School for the Deaf and Blinds”
with a deposit of Rs. 25000/= for each.)
the girl and urgency of the medical treatment was communicated
to Commander SF-J by the Commander 511 Brigade and got the air
facility arranged for the patient and her mother from Palaly to
Katunayaka on 27th March.
who examined the girl prior to the surgery found that only one
valve is to be replaced however Mr. Kirubanathan was so kind that
he did not take back his donation of Rs. 400,000/=, instead deposited
the balance Rs. 200,000/= at the Asiri Heart Care Centre for requirements
of more heart patients sent to the hospital by the Security Forces
- Jaffna (SF-J) in future. The deposit of money rose to Rs. 300,000/=
when the Hospital managed to buy the valve only for Rs. 100,000/=.
511 Brigade organized a group of soldiers to donate required amount
of B+ Blood prior to and after the surgery and 3rd Battalion (Volunteer)
Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (3 (V) VIR) serving at Urelu under
the 511 Brigade is taking care of her family at Erlalai until
the return of their mother. Only three weeks had just passed after
the death of Kajenthini’s father whenshe came to the free medical
camp organized by the 511 Brigade at J / Kopay Navalar School.
the Cardiac Coordinator of the Asiri Surgical Hospital, extended
an excellent support liaising and coordinating with the Army.
The Lions’ Club of Kopay was with the Army throughout the course.
Kirubananthan with Kajenthini & her mother before the
Guptha with Kajenthini before the surgery
Guptha & Dr. Anil Perera after Kajenthini's surgery