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Congenital heart disease is a serious and common cause of life threatening morbidity amongst children in India.
The statistics are frightening. It is estimated that every year 1,80,000 children are born with heart defects!
For every thousand children under the age of 15 years, four have congenital heart disease.
Many will die early in life.
Some will gradually waste away in suffering.
Most of these children can be treated, usually with surgery,
Add many decades of productive life
Obvious benefit to the child and the family,
Potential contribution to society!
India is rapidly becoming an advanced country .
All modalities of modern medical treatment now exist in the country.
These advanced facilities are not available to the majority of the population, for reasons of poverty and for logistical reasons of distance to the facilities.
The poor village folk have very little chance of advanced medical care.
Heart surgery itself is fairly esoteric and also expensive.
Children’s heart surgery even more so.
In the west paediatric cardiac surgery is not only a super-speciality but an ultra-super-speciality, done at supra-regional, that is quaternary care centers
At present there are only a handful of centres in the country which have the facilities and infrastructure to correctly diagnose, give proper management and ultimately successfully operate on small children with heart defects.
Successful paediatric cardiac care (including surgery) requires expensive equipment, high-grade environment, and of course highly skilled man power
The cost of surgery in these hospitals average around $3,000 to $3,500. (compared to $30,000 to $100,000 in USA).
COST TO HOSPITAL: Rs.1,20,000/-
CONTRIBUTION BY RH2H: Rs.70,000/-(inclusive of pre op stay, investigation,medicines, on a closed ended package basis)