Hearts Of Over 1,000 Children To Be Mended By 2020: Expert

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Hearts of over 1,000 children to be mended by 2020: Expert

Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) under its "The Mending Kids' Hearts" campaign is fast getting closer to its goal of saving over 1,000 children born with a hole in the heart, known as congenital heart disease (CHD) by 2020

KARACHI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 28th Jan, 2019 ) :Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) under its "The Mending kids' Hearts" campaign is fast getting closer to its goal of saving over 1,000 children born with a hole in the heart, known as congenital heart disease (CHD) by 2020.

Service Line Chief of AKUH Children's Hospital, Dr Babar Hasan sharing details of the campaign here Sunday evening said his team planned to treat hundreds of individuals with CHD each year, mainly children, through a camp in collaboration with Aga Khan Maternal and Childcare Centre, Hyderabad.

Equal focus was said to be paid towards raising awareness of paediatric CHD and funds to support patients through the AKUH Patient Welfare Programme.

Referring to its most recent fund raising event, held early in the day, he said supporters of life-saving corrective CHD surgeries had gathered at the Karachi Golf Club to compete in AKUH's signature golf tournament to enable access to quality cardiac care.

The four-man Texas Scramble format was won by the UMA team comprising of Khalid Jamil Siddiqui, Asad I. A. Khan, Khurram Khan, and Arshad I. A. Khan with a gross score of 58, 14 under par on the championship course.

Reverting back to the issue of children dying preventable deaths from congenital heart disease, Dr Hasan said Pakistan shares a statistic with India, China and Indonesia, home to half of the 60,000 cases worldwide.

The senior paediatrician said future, however, looks bright for babies with a hole in the heart and this was despite the fact that about half of these patients had a critical CHD and required surgery to survive one year.

In reply to a question, he said a child in Pakistan was now healthier and living longer, but survival depends on how severe the defect was, how quickly it was diagnosed and how well it was treated.

With most births taking place in rural communities, the number of babies born with heart defects was said to be unclear, however, since the launch of the campaign, over 1,800 paediatric patients have undergone cardiac procedures at the University Hospital.

To another query, he said The Mending Kids' Hearts campaign, was presently in its fourth year, offering help and hope to those without financial means by covering the cost of quality surgical and medicalcare of children needing hospital procedures.

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