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Homeward-bound:Gwyneth Lobos Acibar from Cambodia and Mey Narin from Philippines, who have recovered from a heart surgery they underwent in September in Coimbatore, are all set to go home.— Photo: Special Arrangement
Homeward-bound:Gwyneth Lobos Acibar from Cambodia and Mey Narin from Philippines, who have recovered from a heart surgery they underwent in September in Coimbatore, are all set to go home.— Photo: Special Arrangement

Rotary Club of Coimbatore Saicity, which sponsors heart surgeries to children who are less than 15 years of age under the aegis of its project ‘Gift of Life’, has completed 615 such surgeries.

According to V. Gopalakrishnan, President of the Club, this project has been possible through the support of club members, Rotary International and Rotary districts of New York. It has been functional since 2001. The Club has also sponsored surgeries of six children from other nationalities.

“While most of the children who have benefitted are from India, there have been some patients from abroad too. We learnt the plight of some children in the Philippines who suffer from heart disease and had no access to treatment because of the prohibitive costs there. From 2011 we have started sponsoring the surgeries of children from Philippines. This year, we sponsored a child from Cambodia too,” he said. Two girls, Gwyneth Lobos Acibar from Cambodia and Mey Narin from Philippines, underwent surgeries at Sri Ramakrishna Hospital in September. The children, who were operated upon by L. Mohanakrishnan, Chief Cardiovascular Surgeon of the hospital, have recovered and are now all set to return to their respective homes. Rotary’s International Director P.R. Suresh takes care of the accommodation of the international patients in Coimbatore. The Club is now keen to sponsor surgeries of children from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka too.

Children get a new lease of life through free heart surgeries sponsored by Rotary Club of Coimbatore Saicity

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