Eastern Cape girl receives a much-needed heart surgery

A six-year old girl, Chenille Nimrod, who has been on the heart surgery waiting list since 2018, was operated on to repair the hole in her heart.

The successful operation was made possible through a partnership by Busamed Hospital Group, Wings and Wishes and Pelo Foundation, an NPO raising funds awareness and funds to save babies who are in dire need of heart surgeries and treatments in South Africa.

Chenille is one of the 200 children who have been placed on the heart treatment’s waiting list for many years by the Eastern Cape provincial government.   

“I am very happy that my child has finally undergone the surgery that she has been waiting for since 2018.  So far she is well and looks better, and I would like to thank everyone who made this operation a success,” said Natasha Nimrod, the mother of Chenille.             

The operation was performed, just a few weeks after the Pelo Foundation launched an awareness campaign to help to save children who are in serious need of heart surgery and related treatment in South Africa.

Dr Michael Janson from Busamed Private Hospital in Paadevlei who was part of the team that performed the surgery said: “I am pleased that we have managed to successfully conduct the surgery since it was the first child to be operated on under this project. Our aim is to assist as many children as we can should we immediately get the financial injection.

“Normally children can be on the waiting list for about two years. I hope that there would be many entities that will come up and collaborate so that we assist these children”

Due to the burden of the disease in South Africa and the magnitude of the problem, Pelo Foundation is raising awareness concerning the plight of children in need of CHD treatment and intervention.

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