Deutschland here we come

clip_image002We are delighted to announce the commencement of our Skills Exchange Pilot Project between WSPCCA and the German Heart Centre Munich, sponsored by The Vodacom Foundation.

Perfusionist, Mr Eddie Zwicky, was our first colleague to attend. He left on 25 September and returned on 2 October. His feedback via SMS communication with Lynda
included:

“Hi Lynda, Day 1 over. All very nice to me especially the doctors. Very intense day. All gone to October Festival, but not me, I’ll survive!” followed by “Hi Lynda, day 3 down. Learning a lot. Our unit is really good too. Dr Schreiber really looking after me. Being forced to go to October festival tomorrow totally against my will” followed by Day 7 “ Hi Lynda, home safe, Very tired but that has nothing to do with October festival……Learnt an incredible amount, Dr Schreiber was great!”

Thanks for being our first exchange colleague Eddie and thanks to Dr Christian Schreiber, paediatric cardiac surgeon in Munich who is facilitating our exchange.

clip_image002[4]Also amongst the skills exchange candidates are two of our Paediatric Cardiac ICU nurses.

Both Vicky and Thereza are unbelievably grateful and excited to be going on this three-week trip, which promises to be highly beneficial for them, and for the WSPCCA cardiac unit as they learn about international best practices in cardiac medicine and care.

“We appreciate working with the WSPCCA because it’s a very good cause Our thanks go out to the Vodacom Foundation for the funds to send us to Germany, and also to Lynda and Dr. Kinsley for their ongoing support,” Vicky and Thereza said.

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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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