Rotary Club of Madras Temple City, D 3232, has initiated a project titled ‘Healing Little Hearts’, as a flagship project for 2018–19. Meant to benefit children born with congenital heart diseases, the project focuses on children whose parents cannot afford the expensive medical and surgical treatment required to cure these life-threatening conditions.
Research done by the club has found that with 28 million live births happening annually in India, an estimated 180,000 babies are born with congenital heart disease every year. Early diagnosis and appropriate timely treatment can help these children lead a normal life.
The club has joined hands with doctors in Chennai who are willing to operate on children “and we have already funded seven cardiac procedures so far, including two major open heart surgeries,” says
Dr Prithika Chary, past president of the club.
Earlier, the club celebrated Madras Week in the last week of August by organising a metro joyride for 63 children from a government panchayat school in Chennai. After the ride they were taken to the Guindy children’s park and the Marina beach as part of their annual day outing, and treated to snacks.