Successful launch at Red Cross in Cape Town

clip_image002One hundred Western Cape children are to receive life-saving heart surgery and a new lease on life, thanks to a partnership between the WSPCF, Vodacom, and the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Through the partnership, the WSPCF is providing the necessary funds to pay additional nursing staff for a dedicated paediatric cardiac bed in the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This will allow the hospital to accommodate an increased number of paediatric cardiac patients.

A total of 30 children have already had their surgery, with approximately 70 more operations to follow over the coming months. These operations are only made possible due to a generous R1m donation to the WSPCF from Vodacom.


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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