Ten children suffering from congenital cardiac disease arrived from Mongolia here today for free heart surgeries to be provided by Rotary Club of Chandigarh under its Rotary Heartline project.
Rotary Club of Chandigarh had offered to provide free heart surgeries to 10-children from Mongolia when a team of doctors and volunteers from India had gone there to train the doctors in some of the super-specialities last year in August-September.
Past Rotary International President Rajendra K Saboo who had initiated the medical missions project to serve beyond borders, had offered free heart surgeries of poor children to the health ministry of Mongolia during that visit.
Dr Nurzed Bayarmaa from Mongolia has accompanied the parents and the children who were taken to Rotary’s partner hospital, Fortis Hospital at Mohali.
Fortis Facility Director Abhijit Singh along with the team of heart surgeons led by Dr T S Mahant, Executive Director, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery received the patients at the hospital.
The children are mostly infants and include six boys and four girs, the smallest being a 5 months old girl and the eldest being 11 years old boy, and hail from Ulaanbaatar, Bayankhongor Aimak, Zavkhan Airmak and Bulgan Aimak regions of Mongolia.
The medical records of nearly 20 patients were examined in the last few months by the team of doctors led by Dr. Mahant, and ten were shortlisted for the surgery out of which eight have hole in the heart.
Rotary Club Chandigarh launched the project of providing free heart surgeries for children in 1999, and as of today, 694 lives have been saved in collaboration with its partner hospitals, PGIMER, and the Fortis Hospital Mohali.