‘New Hearts’ for Christmas

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Three Liberian children have received the best Christmas gift ever: an opportunity for a new lease on life through the collaboration of Dr. Endele Tefera (Pediatric Cardiologist, Liberian College of Physician and Surgeon – LCPS) and Dr. Edwin Francis (Pediatric Cardiologist of the Lisie Hospital located in Cochin, India), who are happy for these children to receive free corrective surgeries for their conditions.

Dr. Sia Wata Camanor, a pediatric consultant at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia, had earlier diagnosed the children with the conditions for which she sought the assistance of the Lisie Hospital. The children, she observed, were suffering from a congenital heart disease commonly known as a “hole
in the heart,” a condition that can cause a child to experience a variety of symptoms including weakness, poor growth and shortness of breath. Congenital heart disease leads to a reduced quality of life and often a shorter life span if lifesaving surgery is not done.

“Bradley, Samuel and Pewee faced many challenges and would have succumbed to this illness had this opportunity not come,” Dr. Camanor told the Daily Observer yesterday at the JFK hospital.

In Liberia, she said, ‘a hole in the heart’ is often a difficult diagnosis to treat due to the lack of facilities and specialists to further perform open heart surgery.

“We, Dr. Sia Wata Camanor, Dr. Udhayashankar Kanagasabai, the Liberian Pediatric Cardiac patients and their families with grateful hearts would like to appreciate the individuals and organizations that worked tirelessly as a team and contributed financially to ensure that these three children get the heart surgeries they most needed in a foreign land. They are Lisie Hospital, Cochin, India, John F. Kennedy Medical Center Pediatric Department and Administration, the Ministry of Health of Liberia, Mr. Upjit Singh Sachdeva and the Indian High Commission to Liberia, the Royal Air Maroc, Sahara Travel, APSEN

Medical, Mrs. Anandani of Raj Enterprises, Kelvin Sambola of Lord Kelvin Forex Beuaru, Sam Mitchell, Corinal Hotel and the Daily Observer newspaper.

On the assistance to the ailing children, Dr. Camanor said, “Every child deserves to grow well and healthy,” for which she thanked the individuals and institutions for giving the children this opportunity to seek advanced medical treatment.

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