WSPCCA extends its reach to the Cape

clip_image001At inception, it was Dr. Kinsley’s intention that the WSPCCA’s reach would expand beyond the hospital in Sunninghill. As a first step, this has now been realised with the establishment of a pilot project at the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town.

Chris Tilney, the hospital manager at the Netcare Christiaan
Barnard Hospital says that the opening of a satellite unit of the WSPCCA in the Cape represents an incredible opportunity to extend the work that the centre currently carries out in
Johannesburg.

According to Lynda Bleazard, the community that the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital provides services to is very diverse, from fully funded medical aid patients to the less privileged.

“With our values firmly set in helping underprivileged children with access to corrective
cardiothoracic surgery, the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital was a natural choice for us to expand the reach of the foundation. Netcare is also a primary sponsor of the project and gives
discounts on our hospital bills as well as covering some of our administrative costs.”

Since December, two children – Sino Vuyo Sibidla (7), Zingce Nogogo (7 months) and Omelela
Tshukuza (7 months) have already been operated on at the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial
Hospital. All three children are coincidentally from East London in the Eastern Cape.

Dr. Susan Vosloo, cardiothoracic surgeon at the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital, says that all three children are recovering well from their surgery.

“We’re delighted to be involved in such a worthy cause,” Vosloo adds. “There is so much potential to do a lot of good throughout the Cape through this project.”

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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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