A beacon of light

Helping hand

A beacon of light

Noble cause:  Narendra Vadera

Vadera, who is based in Uganda and UK, thought about the idea of bringing these children here after he underwent a bypass surgery at the Hrudayalaya a few years back. Recollects Vadera, “after undergoing the surgery, I had come here for a check-up in 2005. While talking with Dr Shetty, he happened to show me the paediatric ward then, with its 40 children. I was moved. He also told me that he is willing to provide five children from Uganda free heart correction procedures and to another 20 of them at minimal cost. His only condition was that the children should be needy."

Vadera remembers how he went back to Kampala and began his efforts. But it took some time before he could find those children. He contacted a private hospital and found some cases, he also  advertised in the local newspapers and the public soon began to respond. Thereafter, there was no looking back. In 2007, the medical history of some of them were sent to Narayana Hrudayalaya and in 2008, five surgeries were performed here.

Of the two batches of 2009, ten children of the first batch is currently undergoing surgery. These children, in the age group of one-year six months to 10 years are accompanied by  attendants. Vadera says the children have adjusted well here except for the initial difficulties with the spice in the food.
He says, “they have all heard about India, but was travelling here for the first time. It’s gratifying when you see the children lift their hands from the hospital bed to thank.” He says this would not have been possible without the help of the sponsors who takes care of the airfare and the hotel accommodation of the children once they are discharged. “The Indian Association in Kampala has been doing it," he adds.
While Vadera continues to laud the efforts of Dr Shetty, he says he's committed to doing this as long as he gets sponsors. “I'll continue doing so. After all, children are our capital.”

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