Monday, 15 April 2024
Monday, 15 April 2024

Little Hearts project visits Mombasa, Kenya to help children with heart defects

LEADING UK charity, Muntada Aid has announced its flagship project, Little Hearts, has travelled to the Coast General Hospital this week to help children with heart defects.

This Little Hearts team of doctors, nurses and medical professionals aim to carry out 45 – 50 vital heart procedures from July 3rd – July 7th.

Little Hearts is Muntada Aid’s flagship project and was launched in April 2012. The charity provides free life-saving heart surgeries to children with congenital heart defects from underprivileged backgrounds irrespective of gender, race or religion. Since 2012, it has carried out 43 missions in 12 countries and performed over 2,600 cardiac interventions and surgeries saving thousands of lives.

The charity has assembled a team of volunteer doctors, nurses and other medical professionals for this mission who will arrive in Kenya this weekend. They will be operating on children at the Coast General Hospital until Friday 7th of July and aim to treat a minimum of 45- 50 children.

Kabir Miah, Little Hearts Programmes Manager at Muntada Aid, commented:

“The country has a long waiting list of children suffering from congenital heart defects as there is a shortage of specialist interventional cardiologists who can provide the necessary treatment.

“The team will be working hard with the Coast General Hospital staff to ensure we can help as many children as possible during our time in Mombasa.”

An estimated 1. 5 million children are each year born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) globally. 10% of babies born with CHD do not survive their first year of life. 1000s more die and don’t reach adulthood. In poor underdeveloped countries, the lack of specialised medical infrastructure means babies born with congenital heart defects have little or no access to necessary treatment.

To find out more about Little Hearts. Please visit: www.muntadaaid.org.

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