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| 10 July, 2018

Dubai doctors perform free heart surgeries for over 100 Indian children

During the 7-day workshop, more than 100 children newborn to 14 years old are receiving treatment as part of the Nabadat initiative

Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Lior Sasson (2nd L) and his medical team check the monitors as they perform emergency heart surgery on Kirwan, an 11-year-old Kurdish boy from northern Iraq, at the Wolfson Medical Center October 15, 2007.
Image used for illustrative purposes.

Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Lior Sasson (2nd L) and his medical team check the monitors as they perform emergency heart surgery on Kirwan, an 11-year-old Kurdish boy from northern Iraq, at the Wolfson Medical Center October 15, 2007. Image used for illustrative purposes.

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DUBAI - More than 100 Indian children are receiving a new lease of life as a cardiac team from the Dubai Health Authority, DHA, performs free heart surgeries in Mumbai to treat their cardiac congenital abnormalities.

The initiative is taking place under the patronage of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives.

Nabadat, which means heartbeat in Arabic, is an initiative launched by the Mohammed bin Rashid Charity and Humanitarian Establishment, MBRCHE, in collaboration with the DHA. It provides free medical assistance, surgery and post-surgical care to children whose parents cannot afford to pay for the treatment of congenital heart diseases.

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During the seven-day workshop that began on 7th July, more than 100 children newborn to 14 years old are receiving free surgery and treatment for congenital heart ailments as part of the Nabadat initiative. So far, the team has successfully performed 51 procedures (32 open-heart surgeries and 19 catherisations) at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, and S. L. Raheja, a Fortis Associate Hospital in Mumbai. The Nabadat team consists of cardiac surgeons, cardiac anaesthetists, intensivists, perfusionists, nurses and technicians.

Additionally, they will also conduct free paediatric cardiac check-ups to screen as many children as possible.

Humaid Al Qutami, Director-General of the DHA, said, "The Nabadat initiative is one of the many humanitarian initiatives undertaken by the UAE globally. It reflects the values of our Founding Father of the UAE, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and those of our wise leadership. Children are the future and this initiative helps provide them with an opportunity to lead a normal healthy life." Al Qutami added that the success of this initiative reflects the medical capabilities of the Emirate.

Ibrahim Bumelha, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the MBRCHE, highlighted that the leadership of the UAE is keen to provide humanitarian aid and services across the globe. So far, the Nabadat team has visited Sudan thrice and performed heart surgeries on children in Addis Ababa, Mauritania, Egypt and Tajikistan, he said.

Saleh Al Tunaiji, UAE Consul-General in Mumbai, praised the humanitarian initiative and visited the children who underwent surgery and also met the medical team.

Dr. Obaid Al Jassim, Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Dubai Hospital, said, "The aim of this initiative is to reduce the economic and physiological burden faced by families of children with congenital heart problems and help children live a happy and healthy life."

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