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It is estimated that 1 out of every 100 babies is born with congenital heart disease (CHD) and that every six hours a newborn is added to the waiting list of those in need of CHD surgery. Data also shows that one to two children die each week in the Eastern Cape, where about 500 to 600 patients are waiting for heart treatment.

Currently, five children from the Eastern Cape are in dire need of medical intervention. These children include a seven-year-old boy from Mdantsane who was born with severe left pulmonary artery stenosis, a 6-year-old from Bloemendal, who has been diagnosed with PmVSD, (Ventricular septal defect, which is the most common congenital heart defect. Surgical repair is morbid, and may require two staged surgical procedures) and has been on the waiting list for 7 years.

Another one is a 11-month-old boy from Uitenhage, KwaNobuhle, who was born with Down Syndrome; four-month-old from Sidwell, whose complications include failure to thrive, recurrent respiratory tract infections due to pulmonary congestion, and a 20-month-old child who needs heart treatment. If these children, born with severe heart conditions, do not receive immediate medical intervention, they could suffer more health complications or may even die.