“Mending a Broken Heart” book launched

picture1Finding 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.

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About The WSPCF

The Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Foundation (WSPCF) is a philanthropic paediatric cardiac foundation for Africa, focussing on delivering life-saving surgery for underprivileged children with congenital heart disorders from across Africa. It also aims to develop diagnostic and treatment skills amongst Africa’s medical fraternity and conducts critical research into paediatric cardiac healthcare. The cardiac surgery or intervention is undertaken at the Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Centre for Africa situated in Netcare Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg, , as well as at Cape Town’s Netcare Christian Barnard Memorial and Red Cross Children’s Hospitals. The WSPCF was founded by Dr. Robin Kinsley in 2003, and was established as a living legacy to the late Walter Sisulu and his widow, Albertina, both of whom dedicated their lives to helping children in need.
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