Little Big Hearts Project completes 100th surgery

The Little Big Hearts Project of RC Meenambakkam, RID 3232, supports surgical correction of congenital heart defects (CHD) in children from underprivileged families. The club, along with TRF, and 11 Rotary clubs from Canada, Australia, Italy and Africa, had planned to perform 100 such surgeries for children. So far, ₹56 lakh has been spent for the ­treatment which is done at three hospitals in Chennai — Sooriya, The Madras Medical Mission, MIOT Hospitals — and the project is supported by Genesis Foundation, another NGO, said the project’s primary contact B Dakshayani.

TRF Trustee Gulam Vahanvaty greets a child and mother  in the ­presence of DG G Chandramohan, PDG C R Raju  and Project ­Coordinator B Dakshayani.
TRF Trustee Gulam Vahanvaty greets a child and mother in the ­presence of DG G Chandramohan, PDG C R Raju and Project ­Coordinator B Dakshayani.

The programme was officially launched in Feb last year by PRID C Basker, and has completed 100 surgeries. TRF Trustee Gulam Vahanvaty, along with DG G ­Chandramohan, ­visited MIOT ­Hospital and met the child who was to be treated and wished her luck for the surgery. He met few other young beneficiaries of the project and acknowledged the good work done by the partnering hospitals and the contributing Rotary clubs across the globe and the NGO partner.

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