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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.

Update: Red Cross

The six new paediatric ventilators at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital brings the ratio of Intensive Care Unit beds to available ventilators to one-to-one. This means that even if the ICU is full and every child needs a ventilator … Continue reading

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Cardiac Congress 2011

The 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 … Continue reading

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Siemens board member Siegfried Russwurm pays us a visit

A member of the Siemens Board and CEO of the company’s industry sector, Siegfried Russwurm, was accompanied by local CEO Stuart Clarkeson and Helen Brown, Siemens’ head of Healthcare, as he was taken on a tour of the CT ICU … Continue reading

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On the waiting list

Wendy Shabangu, born in December 2010, desperately needs help. She’s currently lying in an ICU bed at Steve Biko Academic hospital, having been diagnosed with a Truncus Ateriosus Type 2 and a Large Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). Truncus arteriosus is … Continue reading

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Where are they now?

Damilola Ayinda was born in Nigeria on the 6th of August 2006 but unbeknownst to her parents, her heart was a ticking time-bomb. She was born with a defect called a Truncus arteriosus, a rare type of congenital heart disease … Continue reading

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Update: baby Muhammed Backus

We recieved this wonderful e-mail from a mommy who’s boy recently underwent surgery at the Foundation.  Such wonderful news! Dearest Lynda I, Mrs. Backus, hope this email reaches you in the best of health. I hope your year has begun … Continue reading

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Flying high with Emirates

Emirates Airlines has come on-board as a transport partner for the WSPCF, particularly to provide much-needed flights for the foundation’s management as they travel across the country and around the world in search of new partners and sponsors, and to … Continue reading

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A royal visit

We were very privileged and honoured to have a royal visitor to the WSPCF recently—in the form of Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi, the king of the Royal Bafokeng Nation. Kgosi visited us at our offices in Sunninghill and toured the CT … Continue reading

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A heart-warming book launch

Source: Book Southern Africa Nadine 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, … Continue reading

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