The Red Cross Children’s Hospital Cardiology service perform at least 350 heart surgeries a year and a plan to increase to 400 a year in 2017. Majority of the children are from impoverished communities and are given a second chance at childhood.
When Nicholas was five months old, his mom took him for one of his regular check-ups at the hospital. The doctor who assessed him became very concerned when he noticed that the oxygen in his blood was very low. ‘We realised that this was why Nicholas would turn blue whenever he cried’, says Joana, his mom. The doctor referred Nicholas to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital and they travelled all the way from Ghana to undergo heart surgery. His surgery took place in January this year and has received high quality care from the doctors and nurses who were responsible for him. Joana never left his side and is relieved that her baby boy has recovered so well and they will be able to go home very soon.