Dubai, UAE: After this week, some 30 children with serious heart conditions will be given a new lease in life in Dubai.
These children aged one week to 18 years will be given free life-saving surgeries — 18 open heart surgeries and 12 catherisation procedures — as part of the Dubai Health Authority’s (DHA) ongoing campaign to alleviate the suffering of children and young adults with heart problems.
The children are of various nationalities, including UAE nationals, Omanis, Syrians, Yemeni, Pakistanis, Bangladeshi and children from African countries.
A team of doctors from the Dubai Health Authority and a visiting team of specialists from San Donato Hospital in Milan will perform the operations for free as part of a humanitarian initiative by the DHA and the Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment. DHA will cover the cost of surgery for Emiratis and Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment will cover the cost for expatriates.
“This programme to conduct free heart surgeries started in October 2008 and as part of this humanitarian initiative, so far, we have conducted 250 surgeries and catherisation procedures for children with congenital heart disease, newborns to 19-year- olds,” Dr Obaid Al Jassim, a consultant cardiac surgeon and head of the cardiothoracic surgery department at Dubai Hospital, said.
This programme is ongoing and patients who require a consultation may contact Dubai Hospital on 04 219 5000 or 04 219 5643.
© Gulf NewsJun 2012