Children with heart problems get a second chance

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pretoria - Five KwaZulu-Natal children with heart problems, who received lifesaving heart surgery at the Netcare Sunninghill Hospital in July, will be reunited on Thursday to celebrate the success of their operations.

The operations, which happened thanks to a R1 million donation by the Anglo American Chairman's Fund to the Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Foundation (WSPCF), have given the children a second chance at life.

Three two-year olds, Deesha Roopnarayan from Stanger, Asimbonge Mthethwa from Vryheid and Minenhle Mlambo from Harding and two six-year olds Asande Cele from Pietermaritzburg and Philisiwe Ndwandwe from Zululand will be reunited at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, the only public sector hospital that handles cardiothoracic surgery for adults and children.

The hospital services the needs of the whole province, as well as providing care for Eastern Cape patients from as far away as Umtata, it also focuses on children who have complicated illnesses or conditions that require surgery.

Its state of the art facilities and dedicated professional and academic staff make the hospital one of the country's leading academic hospitals.