Cardiac Congress 2011

clip_image002The WSPCF recently hosted its annual Cardiac Congress, this year hosted in the Auditorium at Netcare head office. The growth of the event necessitated a move of venue from Sunninghill Hospital, which proved to be a huge success as all our delegates were easily accommodated and well looked after by Netcare’s catering staff.

We were privileged to have had as our invited guests Doctors Chuck Fraser and Peter Laussen. Chuck currently occupies the Susan V Clayton chair in surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston and is Surgeon in Chief. Peter, a native of Australia, is Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School, Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Intensive Care, Department of Cardiology and Chair of Paediatric Anaesthesia, Children
Hospital, Boston. Both have innumerable publications, book chapters, personal achievements, lectureships and visiting professorships. We are deeply honoured by their presence.

So many organisations made the congress possible but none more so than our generous sponsors – Viking Medical, Fresenius Kabi, Medtronic, Edwards Life Sciences, SA Biomedical, Adcock Ingram Scientific Group, World Society of Paediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery,and Covidien.

It is with sincere gratitude that the WSPCF thanks Netcare for the support and use of Netcare Ops Centre for the
two-day congress. Thanks go to Miro and the catering team worked tirelessly to deliver the exceptionally high
standard of catering, Alan, Gary and their extended teams, as well as David, Kgotso, Sanet and, behind the scenes, as well as the many more, who all contributed to the success of the congress.

Dr Kinsley and his team outdid themselves again, with a remarkable programme and presentations. There was a high level of discussion and participation between speakers and delegates. The international guests, Dr’s Fraser and
Laussen remarked repeatedly on the South African hospitality, the CTICU at Netcare Sunninghill and the cardiac work that is carried out by the team there.

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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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