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Save a Child’s Heart: Spread the Smile!
Nidarshana Saikia Das
 
She was just 5 days old and already grappling for survival when her hapless parents rushed her to Apollo Health City, Hyderabad.
 
Almost six years slipped by, quietly - never, complacently - yes, as many like her came by and returned - each with a heart cured and throbbing just as it should. But even today, when she comes flitting by, the doctors are welled up with pride and fresh inspiration to wage the battle on.

These children are still the fortunate few from over 2 lakh children who are born with diseased hearts every year in India, of which only 5% make it to medical succor. To make a difference, to "Save A Child's Heart",
Apollo Chairman, Dr. Prathap C Reddy founded SACH in 2003. Today, SACH is perhaps the largest charitable organization in India, providing pediatric cardiac care to children belonging to lower socio-economic groups.
 
Over two lakh children are born with diseased hearts every year in India.
Only five percent make it to medical succor.
 
Prevention, detection, treatment, funding and follow up care make up SACH’s five-tiered approach to deal with the issue. Screening camps, aided with state-of-the-art equipment, are organised across the nation and identified cases are then transported to Apollo for treatment that can be anything from medication to open heart and closed heart surgeries, interventional procedures and diagnostics. The Foundation also treated some critically ill children sent in from The Kanu Heart Foundation, Nigeria.

Money Matters
It might be just as big as the child’s fist, but pediatric heart surgeries mean more zeros after the digit than you would expect. Andhra Pradesh is the only state where SACH’s operations are jointly funded by the Apollo Hospitals and the AP Government. Amongst the nationwide funding organizations, Times of India, Rotary International, Lions Club of India, Walt Disney, Sony Entertainment Ltd. and Hyderabad Urban Development Authority deem special mention.
Apart from this, SACH hosts major fund raising events. Take our Editor and SACH's Vice-President, Upasna Kamineni's recent event at Hyderabad International Convention Centre, for example. Star-studded with Bipasha Basus and Meher Rampals, it stashed a whopping Rs.5 lakh per table. Likewise, Tollywood sensation Shriya's sponsoring the surgery for four children, Tennis diva Sania Mirza's donating her "Kaun Banega Crorepati" gains and countless such instances, were commendable boost ups for the Foundation.

Girded with Apollo's Paediatric Units across the nation, along with their teams of competent Paediatric Cardiologists, SACH has successfully seen some 2000 cases through. Some 45-50 surgeries every month, and the count is only soaring on one hand, while more families are sleeping peacefully, on the other. The B +ve team wishes SACH all the very best!
 
  • Donate online: Visit www.sach.co.in.
  • Sponsor a Child: From amongst the enlisted, you may select children to sponsor. Treatment will follow and you can either follow up personally, or SACH will keep you intimated about the child’s progress.
  • Spread that “smile”: Happiness is contagious. Celebrate special occasions with the diseased children – make their lives more liveable!
  • Volunteer: If time is what you have, and of course a will to “touch lives”, SACH is looking for you!
  • Join: SACH invites medical social workers, trained nutritionists, individuals and organisations to join their efforts.
 

  
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