Free Heart Surgeries For Children at JNMC
The Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University with the Healing Little Hearts, UK team led by Consultant Paediatric Interventionist, Dr Sanjiv Nichani is about to achieve a rare feat by conducting free heart surgeries of children from lower income families with heart and vascular abnormalities.
Healing Little Hearts, which has performed heart surgeries free of cost in nine different Indian states, will conduct 15 operations till April 28. They are scheduled to come back in the end of 2018 for more free surgeries.
Speaking at the inaugural function of the International CME on ‘New Horizons in Paediatric Cardiac Sciences’ at JNMC, Dr Sanjiv Nichani said that every year thousands of children are born with heart defects in Asian and African countries, but sadly only a few undergo corrective heart surgeries.
“Since the private hospitals are out of reach to the people from lower economic strata, many children therefore die waiting for treatment,” lamented Dr Nichani. He added that to treat children with these ailments, the Healing Little Hearts team is making frequent trips to various places in India where there is a desperate need of children’s heart care.
“We are also helping centres in India by training the local medical staff,” he said adding that JNMC has the will and attitude and there is no doubt that it will take lead in becoming self-sufficient in treating children from poor families.
Congratulating the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery and the Healing Little Hearts team, Prof S C Sharma (Dean, Faculty of Medicine, JNMC) pointed out that JNMC is proud to have this partnership. He added that the department has developed into a state-of-art facility with sustained efforts of Prof Mohammad Hanif Beg (Chairperson of the Department and Organising Chairman of the CME) and his team.
Meanwhile Prof Beg thanked the AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor and Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof Tabassum Shahab for providing the necessary help in arranging the Healing Little Hearts team visit.
Dr Shamsul Zuha from Healing Little Hearts who is also an AMU alumnus said that they are interested in capacity building and training local doctors and specialists. He pointed JNMC with a dedicated team of surgeons and an updated Cardiac Cath Lab has the potential of performing these surgeries easily.
The visiting Healing Little Hearts team also has Dr Neil Seller, Ms Jade Savins, Mrs Sandra Thompson, Dr Emma Simpson, Mrs Rebecca Sarjeant, Ms Lauren Morgan Hunt, Mr Mohammad Nassar, Dr Alan McCheyne and Mr Nigel Cross. They are paediatric interventional cardiologists, paediatric cardiac surgeons, paediatric cardiac intensivists, paediatric cardiac anaesthetists, perfusionists and paediatric intensive care nurses.
Dr M A Haseen (Organising Secretary of the CME) proposed the vote of thank, while Dr Shaad Abqari (Co-Organising Secretary) was also present on the occasion. Dr Shariq Aqeel conducted the programme.