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Nawaloka begins ‘Gift of Life Pediatric Cardiac Surgery’

Gift of Life International Chairman Sri Lanka branch, Jay Liyanage, Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Nawaloka Hospital,  Dr. Santusht Perera and other officials. Picture by Chaminda Niroshana.
Gift of Life International Chairman Sri Lanka branch, Jay Liyanage, Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Nawaloka Hospital, Dr. Santusht Perera and other officials. Picture by Chaminda Niroshana.

The Nawaloka Hospital PLC successfully performed its first free of charge cardiac surgery under the program ‘Gift of Life Pediatric Cardiac Surgery’ sponsored by the Gift of Life International.

The surgery was performed on H.P Sayuni Thumansa Rathnayake who had suffered from a hole in the heart disease.

The disease was detected when she was one year old and medication was received from the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for children (LRH). She had been in the waiting list for a cardiac surgery for four years at the Lady Ridgeway hospital.

She was the first to be selected for the free of charge cardiac surgery under the above program by the Nawaloka Hospital. The team of surgeons who did the surgery were Dr. Priyanga Rathnayake from LRH, Dr. Santusht Perera and Dr. Sandeep Sharma from Nawaloka Hospital.

“It is a blessing for all of us to see a child recovered and we hope to see another child next week,” said Chairman to Sri Lanka, Gift of Life International, Jay Liyanage. He said that annually more than 1,000 children are in the waiting list for cardiac surgeries at the LHR and through this program they hope to reduce that number.

Nearly 3,000 children faces heart problems annually in Sri Lanka and the majority been the needy are waiting at government hospitals for surgeries. “That’s why we wanted to help them,” he said.

He further said that they looked for many private hospitals but among them Nawaloka Hospital PLC agreed to aid them with this initiative on a special price. Liyanage, been a director of the Gift of Life International had been doing this admirable deed since 1987 where he used to help Sri Lankan children with heart problems by receiving them at America for free treatments. All the expenses had been handled by the Gift of Life International.

“We are hoping to conduct 50 surgeries per annum free of charge at the Nawaloka Hospital,” said Senior Consultant cardiothoracic surgeon, Nawaloka Hospital, Dr. Santusht Perera.

He said that this is the first surgery done free of charge at the hospital and hope to continue it in the years to come so as to benefit the children who suffer from heart diseases.

He had been supporting this initiative when he was in America for medical training where they used to receive one child per month for treatments with the support of Gift of Life International.

“After coming back to Sri Lanka I wanted to continue this good deed and with the immense support received from our chairman, Jayantha Dharmadasa I was able to make my efforts a success,” he added.

The Gift of Life International started in 1973 in the United States of America treated 33,268 children all over the world.

The mission is to provide lifesaving cardiac treatment to children in developing countries regardless of gender, creed, or national origin. This program was started in Sri Lanka two years before to serve children suffering from heart diseases who are unable to pay for private medication. 


 

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