22 children saved by Heart for Heart Foundation

clip_image002At the celebration of Mama Albertina Sisulu’s 91st birthday last October, the “Heart for Heart – Foundation for Life!“ very
generously sponsored 11 children who desperately needed
life-saving open heart surgery.
This is in addition to the 11 children that the Foundation already sponsored earlier in 2009, bringing the total number of children saved by the Lejeunes and the Heart for Heart Foundation to 22. So far, eight of the 11 have already been operated on.

The sponsorship also came with a donation of €10,000, which was used to help a two-week old baby who, after being born, was put into a plastic bag and left between some train tracks near
Johannesburg.

Someone heard the baby’s whimpers and called the police, who took the baby to Arwyp Hospital. After a thorough examination, it was found that the child had a hole in her heart. The WSPCCA was then informed and after speaking with Lynda, the “Heart for Heart Foundation” decided to take over the costs of the baby’s operation as a birthday present to Albertina. Sisulu. The baby was then named Grace-Angel.
Grace will be reviewed in October and the last two children will be selected from a waiting list in East London.

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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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