SCI revives lives of 29 children in Kenya

March 14, 2024 / 4:35 PM
Sharjah24: The medical team of the 'Little Hearts' campaign, a subsidiary of the Sharjah Charity International , has successfully concluded its humanitarian medical mission in Kenya, which resulted in performing 29 surgeries for children with heart diseases. The surgeries included 20 catheterization procedures and 9 open-heart surgeries, conducted over four consecutive days by the medical team led by Dr. Ahmed Al Kamali, a pediatric consultant at Al Qasimi Hospital for Women and Children.
The campaign fulfilled its humanitarian mission by examining numerous sick children suffering from heart diseases. The examinations revealed the severity of their health conditions, leading to the performance of catheterization and open-heart surgeries for 29 children. The 'Little Hearts' campaign is considered one of the noblest medical aid projects provided to children born with heart diseases requiring urgent surgical intervention. The first of these campaigns was launched in 2009 by a cooperative medical team led by Dr. Ahmed Al Kamali. Since then, the campaign has continued its work in various countries through pre-coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the state's embassies in the recipient countries, as well as the regional offices of the charity .

SCI has been accustomed to launching the 'Little Hearts' campaign in the Republic of Kenya, which suffers from low levels of healthcare programs. This prompted the association to focus on conducting several campaigns in different regions during previous periods. Here is a new campaign that has been implemented in just a few days, resulting in the treatment of 29 children who underwent catheterization and open-heart surgeries through the full support of generous donors who believed in the message and objectives of the association.

Dr. Ahmed Al Kamali, pediatric heart consultant and head of the medical team for the 'Little Hearts' campaigns, stated that the campaign carries a high level of humanitarian and charitable significance. It combines the efforts of benefactors and the Sharjah Charity International , as well as the members of the medical team, which includes highly competent and experienced professionals in various required specialties, including surgeons, intensive care, anesthesia, and a team of volunteer nurses. The campaign aims to fulfill the wishes of the children's families who were unable to afford the expensive costs of these delicate surgeries.

He added that the medical team started its work from the moment they arrived in Kenya, conducting initial examinations for all children suffering from heart diseases in collaboration with the local medical team in Kenya. They then proceeded to treat critical cases that required urgent surgical intervention. Al Kamali highlighted that the delegation was able to perform 29 catheterization and open-heart surgeries in less than a week, an exceptionally high rate that reflects the efficiency of the executing medical team.

Al Kamali emphasized that these surgeries are extremely delicate and require significant costs that impoverished families cannot afford. Thus, the 'Little Hearts' campaign came as a divine grant through the Sharjah Charity International , its donors, and supporters, to alleviate the suffering of these children, enabling them to live healthy lives."
March 14, 2024 / 4:35 PM

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