Free Treatment in India for Child Heart Patients

ST JOHN Ambulance Malaysia (SJAM) Penang has joined hands with Mediassist4u to help children born with heart defects.

SJAM Penang commander Datuk Yee Thiam Sun said children below 18 would be sent to the Narayana Hospital in India to undergo surgery.

“This free treatment is available to all children born with the disease, especially those who can’t afford it,” he said.

Mediassist4u managing director Dr Patrick Justin Lawrence (pic) said 10 out of 1,000 babies born in Malaysia every year had congenital heart disease.

“This translates into an estimated 5,000 children with heart problems, with 3,000 to 4,000 needing operations.

“We started this programme in 2008 and I was shocked to learn that so many children needed donations for heart surgery,” he said.

“We found a solution by collaborating with Narayana Hospital in Bengaluru, India, which is one of the largest cardiac hospitals in the world.

“We have dealt with about 250 cases in the past four years by associating with all the paediatric cardiologists in the Health Ministry.

“They refer patients to us and we fly the mother and child to Bengaluru for the surgery,” he said.

For details and donations, call St John Ambulance Malaysia at 04-8285972.

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