25 children with heart-related defects have undergone free medical operations at M.P. Shah Hospital sponsored by the hospital in collaboration with a medical team from Healing Little Hearts Charity and Jain Social Group.During the 10-day initiative that began on November 8 and ended on November 18, more than 80 children from across the country underwent free heart screening before 25 of them whose cases were dire were enlisted for open-heart surgeries and catheterization procedures.
The procedures were made possible by a multi-disciplinary team of more than 40 medical staff and volunteers, led by Dr Salim Jivanji from Healing Little Hearts Charity and Dr Bhupi Reel who is the Assistant Medical Director and Head of Paediatrics at M.P. Shah Hospital.
So far, the hospital through its heart program for children has performed 60 procedures since the start of the year, with a total of 33 open-heart surgeries and 27 interventional cardiac catheterizations.
Ms. Toseef Din, Chief Operating Officer at M.P. Shah Hospital, said: “The free heart program for children is one of the many charity initiatives undertaken by the hospital. Children are the future and this initiative helps provide them with an opportunity to lead a normal healthy life.”
According to medical reports, congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect globally with a prevalence of 6/1,000 live births. Some common congenital heart defects include Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA), Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), Atrioventricular Canal (AVC), among others.