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Philanthropists visit children's cardiac centre

By unknown | Apr 29, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Zinhle Mapumulo

Zinhle Mapumulo

Two global philanthropists visited the paediatric cardiac wellness centre of the Sunninghill Hospital last week, bringing the institution to a standstill when people rushed to see them.

Princess Haya Biti Al Husseine and Loiuse Blouin MacBain visited the centre. Their visit was aimed at raising awareness about the good work being done at the centre.

When the group entered the hospital nurses ululated and sang. Hospital spokesman Robin Kingsley welcomed Al Husseine and MacBain.

"This centre is the first to offer cardiac surgery for free to under-privileged children from all over the African continent," Kingsley said.

"More than 400 children are operated on at this centre every year."

MacBain, who founded the Global Creative Leadership Summit, said: "It is wonderful to discover that South Africa has such expertise.

"I am amazed that the project not only benefits the people of this country but the whole continent."

Kingsley explained that the late Walter Sisulu was the engine behind the establishment of the paediatric centre.

"Tata Sisulu was my patient here," Kingsley said. "He always emphasised that children are the key to our future and need to be looked after.

"Before he died we built the children's cardiac centre and named it after him."


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