It is estimated that 1 out of every 1000 babies is born with Congenital Heart Disease and that every six hours a new-born is added to the waiting list of those in need of surgery and/or 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 six-year-old from Bloemendal, who has been diagnosed with PmVSD (Perimembranous Ventricular Septal Defect) and has been on the waiting list for seven years.
Another one is an 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.