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The story of healthy little hearts. BLOG by Rimma Fil


Ten-year-old Dima is already well. Completely. Most recently his life hung by a single thread. For three years, the family has lived in fear for their son’s life. They say that misery loves company. When Dima Piven’s family learned about their son's illness, each of them needed medical help: Dima's father had a serious heart problem and his mother was visually impaired. Plus, the child had a congenital cardial defect. But he filed to be operated on in time: the war and lack of money are terrible things.

Mariinka doctors told the mother about Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center’s “Healthy Heart” programme. No time lost, she turned to the hotline. A week later, Dima was operated on by the capital surgeons.

Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center’s “Healthy Heart” project has been saving the children with heart diseases for a year already. The Center grants money for the purchase of occluders for actual operations. The problem of children with heart disease is very urgent for Ukraine. According to statistics, about 4,5 thousand children are annually born with such a misfortune in our country.

Setting the occluder gives a child a healthy heart for life, and unlike an open-heart surgery, it does not leave scars on a child's body. The cost of the occluder is about 100 thousand hryvnias. For most families, this is just a racking amount...

Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center can provide assistance to children under 18 from Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kharkiv regions.

Over the year of the programme’s operation, 35 surgeries were made with the help of the Humanitarian Center. 35 children have received an invaluable gift – the Life!

On February 14, the year anniversary of the programme's operation, the children who underwent surgeries congratulated and thanked the doctors for giving them the opportunity to be healthy. They addressed their greetings to the doctors of Amosov National Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery, the Center of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery and the Heart Institute. Healthy children and their parents have recorded video messages expressing gratitude to their doctors.