BOYS DOING WELL AFTER HEART SURGERIES

Two boys that received heart surgeries last month are back at school and doing well. The mothers of both children are relieved that their children are healthy and living normal lives.

Three-year-old Ilario Herschell Arries from Uitenhage and eight-year-old Achuma Tshalana from Mount Frere who were operated on to fix holes in their hearts at Busamed Private Hospital in Modderfontein Johannesburg, Gauteng, are back on the last week of March.

The operations were made possible by Pelo Foundation, a non-profit organisation that raises funds and creates awareness about conditions of children living with n serious need of heart treatment and surgeries.

Achuma’s mother, Khanyo Tshalana, said. “I am very excited that my boy received the heart surgery, his health has improved, tremendously. We are doing well.”

She added: “You can’t believe that he returned to school three weeks after the operation. Before, he had a problem of becoming tired when he played with other children.”

Michelle Arries, mom of Ilario a three-year-old is happy that her son is able to eat well since the heart operation.

“My baby is now eating like a normal child and recovering very well. I would like to thank everyone who assisted him to undergo the much-needed treatment,” she said.

“When I was told that we must travel to Johannesburg for the operation I was worried that my son was going to die. I would like to urge all the mothers who are facing the same problem not to be afraid to take their children for operation because it is the right thing to do.”

South Africa has hundreds of children who are on the heart surgery waiting list. It is estimated that 1 out of every 1 000 babies is born with Congenital Heart Disease and that every six hours a newborn is added to the waiting list. Currently, the Eastern Cape Province alone has more than 200 children who are on the waiting list for heart surgery.

Pelo Foundation has partnered with Busamed Private Hospital Group and Wings and Wishes, which transports the children and an accompanying guardian to Busamed hospital and back home.

The foundation aims to raise more funds to ensure that children with Congenital Heart Disease receive life-saving surgery and continue to receive medical treatment that could give them a chance to live normal lives.

Since its inception last year June, Pelo Foundation and its partners have already assisted seven children with the much-needed heart surgeries, and there are still more on the waiting list.

Story written by Pelo Foundation Journalist

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