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Heart surgery children back, says Lions Club Host

15th December 2012
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About 18 children heart patients who went to India for heart surgery returned yesterday after undergoing successful operations.

Speaking on behalf of the President of Lions Club of Dar esSalaam (Host), Lion Nimira Gangji and entire membership of the Club, Lion Dr. Rajni Kanabar, who is convener of the Open Heart Surgery Project of Lions District 411 B, said all the patients were in good health.

Dr Kanabar said the patients had treatment done at the internationally renowned heart institutes in India – Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi and Narayana Hrudayalaya Heart Institute, Bangalore.

“We are pleased to announce the arrival of 18 heart patients with 12 escorts (group of 30) after specialized investigations, expert treatment and subsidized heart surgeries,” he stated.

Patients went under the banner of Lions Club of Dar es Salaam (Host) in collaboration with Regency Medical Centre, Ministry of Health Zanzibar, Satya Sai Society of Dar es Salaam, Narayana Hrudayalaya Heart Hospital and Fortis Escort Heart Hospital, New Delhi, he said.

The flight which left on 23rd Nov 2012 dubbed “New Lease of Life” to 38 heart children was part and parcel of activities to mark the 50th anniversary of Lions Club of Dar es Salaam (Host).

The president of the Lions Club of Dar es Salaam (Host) recorded grateful thanks to the donors who made possible this humanitarian mission of giving “new lease of life” to patients who may die needlessly for lack of finance or facilities for pediatric heart surgery of excellence in Tanzania.

“The Club would like to record special thanks to Tigo (Tigo-Pesa), Vodacom (M-Pesa) and Airtel Money telecommunication banking services for supporting the life giving mission to collect the money on behalf of Lions Club of Dar es Salaam (Host),” he added.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN