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Indian Association to send 150 children for heart surgeries

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The Indian Association of Uganda will this year send 150 Ugandan children with heart complications to undergo open heart surgeries in India. The support will cover the operations, air tickets, upkeep for each patient and the caretaker.

Confirming the commitment, the Association through its X handle noted that yesterday, the third batch of five heart patients was sent off for surgery in India.

“Indian association (U) today did send off to the 3rd batch of 5 heart patients for surgery in India. We thank India in Uganda for free visas to all patients and caretakers, the Uganda Airlines for concession on tickets and Rotary Ssese Kampala for support in surgery,” read the post on X handle.

Previously, the association sponsored five children for open heart surgery in India. However, the Uganda Heart Institute started a fundraising campaign to have 150 children operated.

City Tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia is one of the trustees of the Indian Association of Uganda.

According to the Uganda Heart Institute – UHI, the common heart complications in children in Uganda include Rheumatic Heart Disease, Coronary artery, and abnormal heartbeats. Persons with Coronary Arteries require a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) procedure, in which the blocked portion of the coronary artery is bypassed with another piece of blood vessel.

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