Mumbai, May 2: At the inauguration of the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani International Centre for Child Heart Care in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar announced to sponsor 34 lifesaving heart surgeries.
These paediatric heart surgeries are for children from economically and socially challenged sections of society and will be done over the next few months.
The state-of-the-art centre is the first such centre in the west zone and will provide free of cost services, based on Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s model of quality healthcare. The first paediatric cardiac surgery is scheduled for later this month.
The centre will treat children with congenital heart disease who are awaiting surgical intervention. It will also support and train grassroots healthcare workers and Anganwadi sevikas in basic pediatric cardiac detection and treatment, to help strengthen primary maternal and infant health services in the region.
Gavaskar said, “These tiny tots are waiting for their hearts to be healed. Paediatric cardiac treatment should be within the reach of every child and every parent irrespective of financial or social status.”