We are taking great strides with our first objective of service delivery and patient care. In fact, between May 2004 and May 2008 we have successfully treated 181 babies and children, 20 of whom have had 2nd stage operations.
In addition, our second objective of training and development is being realised with monies donated from Vodacom Foundation and Medtronic Foundation—helping us to ensure that we can continue to develop not only our own
paediatric cardiac staff, but multi-disciplinary team members both from South Africa and the rest of the African continent. “Africans should be treated in Africa, by Africans” – Dr. R.H. Kingsley.
I know that it sounds so overwhelming to think that the average cost of open heart surgery is R140,000, and many people ask me how they can get involved on a smaller scale. Well, I thank you all for your interest and support and there are indeed many ways you can make a contribution.
One is to donate to our wish list of toiletries, toothbrushes, deodorant and nappies for our babies and children. Secondly, an increasing number of our medical aid parents, whose children are treated at WSPCCA, have taken out monthly debit orders in aide of the WSPCCA—as well as giving donations to the centre in lieu of a celebratory birthday or event. There are too many to name but on behalf of the team I would like to express sincere thanks to you all for your continued support to us and the future recipients of life-saving heart corrections here at the WSPCCA.
This bumper issue of our newsletter is packed with all the events we have recently attended and hosted!
God Bless, Lynda