Finding out that your child has a heart problem and needs surgery can be too much for parents to bear. In the heat of the moment, it can often be very difficult to comprehend everything that the doctors say about the condition and its treatment, leaving parents with more questions than answers as they leave the rooms.
To help answer some of the questions, the WSPCCA, in conjunction with Netcare Sunninghill Hospital and Pfizer, has published an easy-to-read guidebook for parents called “Mending a Broken Heart”, which covers every aspect of the diagnosis, treatment and after-care of congenital heart defects in children.
The book, written by Lynda Bleazard and medical journalist Madeleine Hecklin, is handed out to parents free-of-charge and includes lots of pictures and explanations, making it an invaluable aide in what can be a very confusing time for both parents and patients.
We’re in the process of looking for sponsors to help us out with a new book on Cardiac Catheterisation, so anyone interested in sponsoring us is welcome to contact the WSPCCA offices.