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Emirates Heart Foundation to give Iraqi baby a new lease of life

posted on 10/09/2005: 2665 views

An Iraqi baby is being flown in to the UAE for free life saving heart surgery as part of a charity's aim to treat children with congenital heart defects. Children with heart disease who cannot afford treatment will now have access to free surgery from Emirates World Heart.

Under the umbrella of UAE Red Crescent Authority, Emirates World Heart foundation has launched the Hope programme for children with heart disease in cooperation with Al Noor Hospital and specialised international heart centres abroad. Previously they only treated adults.

The first surgery will take place soon with a one- year-old Iraqi baby who suffers from congenital heart defect. Dr Adel Al Shamri, chairperson of Emirates World Heart, said: "We will start the programme with this baby who is being flown in, but we have a lot of candidates and we are assessing them case by case. The baby is a year old and suffers from a hole in the heart chamber and requires his aortic valve to be repaired."

He said more children would be operated on in Kenya in September when the foundation will be there. The Iraqi baby should be in the UAE for about six days following surgery before returning home. The programme aims to improve prevention and treatment of children's heart disease in developing countries. Heart disease is the world's most common birth defect; affecting millions of children around the globe, said Dr Al Shamri.

Dr Nabeel Kharma, consultant heart surgeon from Al Noor Hospital said the Hope project would give a new life for many poor children that do not have access to public hospitals. (The Gulf News)


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