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Walk for Little Hearts

Defects by-birth among little hearts are treatable

They are more common than we think and kill, too

CHD is more common than we think and many are completely treatable and we can give back normal children to society, said Dr Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO, Wadia Hospitals

MUMBAI, Feb 7 (The CONNECT) - Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) kill more children each year than all childhood cancers combined, doctors say.

Observing the Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital For Children organized a three KM Little Hearts Walkathon with more than 40 doctors from NCPA, Nariman Point to Mafatlal Club, Chowpatty adhering to the COVID protocol. The walkathon was flagged off by Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar.

One in 100 children are born with congenital heart defects. Congenital or by-birth heart defects tend to impact the structure of the baby’s heart and the way it functions. can be mild such as a small hole in the heart to severe like missing or poorly formed parts of the heart.

Around 1,000 foetal echo-cardiographies performed in Wadia Hospital on a yearly basis, and almost 50% have abnormalities. As many as 83 cases with defected were reported in 2015-16 while 175 in 2016-17. The number doubled in 2017-18 when the number was 375. In 2018-19, 617 cases were seen, and in 2019-20, the number was 600. Many children lose their life owing to delayed treatment.

Dr Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO, Wadia Hospitals, said, doctors walked carrying placards with messages to create awareness about CHD.  “CHD is more common than we think and many are completely treatable and we can give back normal children to society.,” she said. Till now, Wadia Hospital along has performed over 3,000 surgeries due to advanced medical care and treatment to help babies with CHDs live longer and healthier lives, Dr Bofhanwala said.

“ Wadia Hospital is committed to provide better accessibility to children with CHDs and deliver superior clinical outcomes,” she said.

Mayor Kishori Pednekar observed that “This is an incredible initiative taken by Wadia Hospital.” Wadia Hospital has always been at the forefront in providing affordable treatment and care to the patients, the Mayor added.

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