A heart-warming book launch

Source: Book Southern Africa

clip_image002Nadine Raal’s wrenching experience with her infant son’s congenital heart defects and subsequent surgery is detailed in her new book, Mending a Broken Heart – which was launched, appropriately, at the WSPCF’s offices as Sunninghill Hospital, Johannesburg.

Raal says that the unit is a “national treasure”. Trough her writing, she hoped to raise awareness of the brilliant work that is tirelessly and passionately performed by the doctors and nurses who staff the centre. She said that 95% of congenital heart defects are in fact operable and curable and that hope always lives on in the unit. “My son’s railroad scar down the centre of his chest is now his badge of honour and healing.”

Lynda Bleazard said that Raal’s book was testament to the bravery and willpower of the children who are operated on. She applauded the strength of Raal and her husband in the face of major uncertainty and fear. Bleazard said that the foundation has raised R40 million to-date, and continues to serve children whose parents cannot afford the R165,000 operation that, barring complications, can save their lives.

Highveld Stereo presenter Sam Cowen, guest speaker at the launch and ambassador of the WSPCF, said Raal’s book would help all parents with very ill children to feel less alone. She said that the unit was the “closest thing to God there is.”

The audience included parents whose children had not made it through the operation. There wasn’t a dry eye in the unit as Nadine read excerpts from her book.

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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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