In the context of the current health crisis, we are encountering difficulties in getting children waiting for heart surgery to come to France: no health visa, no authorization, no flight... And yet the files are pouring in! We currently have 150 medical files of children in need of surgery. In France, our teams are mobilized and ready to welcome them as soon as the borders reopen. In the meantime, we can't sit back and that's why we are launching the "ACT - Covid-19" programme.
For Naylah-Simone's mother, born on 5 July 2016 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the joys of motherhood were soon replaced by the fear of losing her baby. At only 3 weeks of life, the doctor told her that her little girl had an open septum pulmonary atresia, a serious heart defect, and that her life expectancy was only 12 months. Four years later, we are very happy to tell you her story through the touching words of her mother.
Since the beginning of June, the teams Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque are back in the Association. Around Professor Francine Leca, they are mobilizing on a daily basis to prepare the care of children who could not come to France for surgery following the health crisis.
Sometimes life works miracles for the children we take care of and here is a story, Abdourahamane's story, which is a marvellous illustration of what all together we can offer to cardiac children at the end of the world.
Nouriat, a 4 1/2 year old girl from Comoros, had a successful operation for her ventricular septal defect on February 21. At the time of the border closure, it was too early for Nouriat to return home. So she remains safely confined to her host family in Nantes, busy doing a growth spurt and putting on a few pounds to regain her health! If, like Nouriat, chocolate makes you smile, then you should love her recipe for fondant.
In this 5th week of confinement, the whole team Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque remains mobilized for the cardiac children of the world and prepares the "after".
Having undergone heart surgery twice by the Association, in 2012 at the age of 3, and in 2020, little Serigne, who is now 10 years old, is back in his host family! This young Senegalese boy is a great gourmet with a big appetite. So during the confinement, he becomes a Chef de cuisine and has concocted for his host family a speciality of his country: Mafé chicken. Here are the secrets of his recipe!
This week, Pr Francine Leca gives you a video update on the children currently in the territory and the current situation.
At the age of 4, Haithem is a little boy with a unique ventricle, purplish complexion, blue lips and shortness of breath. Everything changed when our association took him in in 2003 to put this dysfunctional heart back on its feet.
"Dear All, This week we would like to give you some more news about the Association and the children present in Paris and in the Regions. Be assured that, even in these times of confinement, we remain close to you. Our teams of the development and medical teams are there for you, day and night, to help you.