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India Leadership Conclave 2016 to lend support to Little Hearts

India Leadership Conclave, asia’s most credible & prestigious platform of debate held annually  & attended by the iconic leaders of the nation has announced that 2016 Indian Affairs Conclave’s 7th Annual India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards 2016 to be held on Friday, 1st July, Hotel Hilton Mumbai International Airport, Mumbai, India on a theme Advantage India –  It is now or never will partner with Wockhard Foundation’s Little Hearts program which support & give financial help to more and more children from under privileged strata of society with congenital heart diseases and save the young lives. The hospital contributes 15 % of the cost of the operation and the remaining cost is paid by donors.

Announcing the initiative, Mr. Satya Brahma, Chairman, Organizing Committee of the India Leadership Conclave 2016 said  “Our objective is to be the torch bearer of the society & all our initiatives are directed to bring a change in that direction, India Leadership Conclave forum is a very unique & powerful mode of communication to the world. The Little Hearts Program of Wockhardt Foundation are indeed commendable & we will do whatever possible to help support the cause. “

 Commenting  the cause of saving the little hearts through partnership, Dr.K.S.Murthy, Chief Cardiac Surgeon & Chairman, Innova Children’s Heart Hospital said ” There is a greater need to bring awareness of this major problem which often are ignored & i compliment the initiatives of Mr. Satya Brahma, Chairman & Editor-In-Chief of Network 7 Media Group to be associated with this cause.”

Technological innovation, clinical leadership, community partnerships  are key solutions on pediatric cardiology and congenital heart defects, including atrial septal defects, and to support kids, families and caretakers through their toughest battles.

 The Cause

About 82,000 infants born with congenital heart disease in India die every year because of inadequate health care facilities in the country, & Every year 1.7 lakh infants are born in India with congenital heart disease.More and well-equipped cardiac centres were needed to bring down the number.

Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) is a defect in the structure of the heart and great vessels of a newborn. One in every 125 babies born has congenital heart defects, which incidentally, is also the most common birth defect. The eight most common defects account for 80 percent of all congenital heart diseases, while the remaining 20 percent consist of many independently infrequent conditions, or combinations of several defects. Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) is generally considered to be the most common type, accounting for about one-third of all congenital heart defects. It is estimated that 125,000 children are born every year with congenital heart disease. Many of these children will have curable conditions and with good long-term prognosis.Cardiac care requires imposing infrastructure – and this costs money. Many parents cannot afford this. The Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) program was inaugurated at Apollo Hospital, Chennai on November 14, 2006. Thousands of children have been screened in free camps conducted all over Tamil Nadu. The SACH programs at Hyderabad and Chennai together have touched over 50,000 lives. Funds are always in short supply as many of these procedures require expensive equipment and disposable items.

Very few percentage of small heart defects like VSD and ASD will have spontaneous closure but not all. The chances of spontaneous closure will decrease as the child grows older. The defects rarely close after one year of age. Early correction is required if the child has intractable congestive heart failure, failure to thrive and develop severe pulmonary arterial hypertension. Some of the defects like large perimembranous VSD and supracrystal VSDs do not have spontaneous closure.Children after prosthetic valve or conduit replacements need to take anti coagulants (blood thinning tablets) based on the INR status. These children can have bleeding problems with over dosage and clotting problems with under use of medication. Palliative / staged procedure patients require medical supervision for the final correction. If they have significant residual problems, may require catheter or surgical interventions.

Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect and the leading cause of death from birth defects during the first year of life.The two types of heart disease in children are “congenital” and “acquired.” congenital heart disease (also known as a congenital heart defect) is present at birth. Some defects in this category are patent ductus arteriosis, atrial septal defects and ventricular septal defects. Acquired heart disease, which develops sometime during childhood, includes diseases such as Kawasaki disease, rheumatic fever and infective endocarditis.About 40,000 children are born with a heart defect each year. Most of these children can benefit from surgery even if the defect is severe. When surgery is necessary, many medical treatments are available to help the heart work properly. There is nothing that parents could have done to prevent these defects.

About Little Hearts

Through the Little Hearts program we aim to save lives of babies with heart defects from under privileged section of society in association with Wockhardt Hospital. The congenital heart defect surgery is performed by the trained & competent Paediatric Cardiac team at Wockhardt Hospital. The Little Hearts programme of Wockhardt Foundation plans to give financial help to more and more children from under privileged strata of society with congenital heart diseases and save the young lives.Website: www.little-hearts.org

Mission :

To save young lives suffering from congenital heart defects.

Solution :

  1. State of the art infrastructure to take care of babies with complex heart diseases.
  2. Sharp minds and expert hands to detect and mend tender and little hearts effectively.
  3. Financial help to the children from the underprivileged section of the society for the heart surgery.
  4. Congenital heart defect surgery at Wockhardt Hospital, South Mumbai; where the hospital contributes 15 % of the cost of the operation and the remaining cost is paid by donors.
  5. Help to the children lead a normal and healthy adult life.
  6. Spreading awareness in society.

The Team

The congenital heart defect surgery is performed by the trained & competent Paediatric Cardiac team at Wockhardt Hospital, South Mumbai.

Our Work

Through the Little Hearts program we aim to save lives of babies with heart defects from under privileged section of society in association with Wockhardt Hospital.

Eligibility criteria for the surgery :

  • Children of the age 0 to 15 years.
  • Verification of age proof and medical reports of the children.
  • Verification of income and residence proof of the parent.

The Little Hearts programme of Wockhardt Foundation plans to give financial help to more and more children from under privileged strata of society with congenital heart diseases and save the young lives.

Achievements

  • More than 6000 congenital hearts surgeries done over last 15 years
  • Youngest child at 4 hours of age underwent heart surgery.
  • Smallest child (900gm) underwent open heart surgery.
  • Off Pump Beating heart complex cardiac coronary surgery in Neonates.

Save a Life

Support Congenital Heart Surgery !

Put a smile back on a young baby.

Karma will put a smile back on you.

Please send your cheque in favour of “Wockhardt Foundation” marking ‘Little Hearts’ on the reverse to:

Firoz Daginawala

Wockhardt Foundation

Wockhardt Towers,

Bandra Kurla Complex,

Mumbai- 400051,

India :  Tel. +91 22 71596125

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