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Heartbeat Vietnam helps 7,000th child

Released at: 14:07, 25/04/2019

Heartbeat Vietnam helps 7,000th child

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Program passes mark of treating 7,000th child with congenital heart defects.

by Khanh Chi

Heartbeat Vietnam, the core grassroots healthcare program of the VinaCapital Foundation (VCF), has now funded 7,000 live-saving surgeries for underprivileged children with congenital heart defects in all 63 cities and provinces around Vietnam. It sponsored 733 heart surgeries last year and has provided more than 250 so far in 2019.

According to research conducted by VCF and leading Vietnamese pediatricians, some 16,000 Vietnamese children are born every year with congenital heart defects, of which about 7,500 need intervention or surgery. Congenital heart defects don’t observe the boundaries of geography or economics, but the treatments often do.

In Vietnam, where many families earn only a few dollars a day, specialized pediatric healthcare is beyond their reach. The longer children with heart defects must wait, the worse the impact on their health and development. They are often malnourished and suffer from breathing difficulties, which prevent them from a normal childhood and going to school.

The 7,000th child helped by Heartbeat Vietnam was Tien Trinh Ngoc Vy, born in 2018 and one of twin daughters of Mr. Tien Trieu Vuong and Ms. Trinh Thi Ngoc Ngan in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. The couple also have a seven-year-old son. Vy was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot at birth. Learning that the family is totally dependent on Mr. Vuong’s driving job for a living and that they can’t afford the surgery costs of $3,445, Heartbeat Vietnam quickly responded to help Vy undergo surgery at the Heart Institute of Ho Chi Minh City.

Collaborating with Heartbeat Vietnam to save 7,000 children are a team of compassionate doctors, who despite difficulties and hard work, together with VCF, conduct more than 70 clinics each year at remote rural districts to identify young children with congenital heart defects. Outcomes in treatment are developing every day thanks to their relentless work and improvements in cardiovascular knowledge. Defects such as atrial septal defects, ventricular septal defects, and Tetralogy of Fallot came with high risks a decade ago, but can now be cured. Other complicated defects also have better treatment potential.

“VinaCapital and I always want to contribute to society though VCF’s healthcare and education programs for underserved children,” said Mr. Don Lam, VCF Chairman. “What the program has achieved brings great happiness to all of us. However, we need to perform better in our programs to provide the best healthcare for children and families in need. We must boost our Outreach Clinic programs to identify kids with congenital heart defects more quickly. I am sure VCF will not stop until there are no more children dying needlessly while waiting for help.”

Heartbeat Vietnam activities could not be achieved without the collective efforts of program team members, local partners in the country’s 63 cities and provinces, and hundreds of sponsors who have contributed their time and passion to help Vietnamese children. Fundraising and awareness raising programs like Scar of Life, Run for The Heart, and the Connecting Love documentaries on HTV are a few of many creative and effective initiatives to help Heartbeat Vietnam heal more Vietnamese children’s hearts.

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