Kanu Heart Foundation has carried out 538 open heart surgeries since inception in 2000.
All surgeries are done in foreign countries like England, Israel, India, and Sudan. Capital flight involved is much
The federal government of Nigeria has given the Kanu Heart Foundation a piece of land in Abuja for the project. The Cardiac Specialist Hospital will be a 40 bedded Hospital with State of the Artificialities.
Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is the Special Guest of honour while Former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida are Father of the Day and Chairman respectively. FIFA Secretary General Walter Gagj has confirmed his attendance
Nwankwo Kanu Former Super Eagles captain said the construction of the center would facilitate the dream of its 13-year-old foundation of treating more children having heart-related problems within the country. It is hoped that the dinner will raise enough money to commence the construction of a specialist cardiac hospital in Nigeria.
Kanu has stated that President Goodluck has graciously accepted to be Special Guest of Honour at the fundraising event while calling on well-meaning Nigerians, corporate bodies and multinationals to be part of the laudable project.
According to the Coordinator/Trustee of Kanu Heart Foundation, Onyebuchi Abia, when in full operation, the centre would save an average of 250 children and 100 adults heart patients in a one year through the free surgery initiative of the foundation. Heart patients between the ages of 0-12 will also receive free surgery treatment, while patients above 12 years old will be treated at a highly-subsidized fee. It would also save this nation about $5million annually and reduce capital flight.”
Kanu added: “The truth is that we have done 538 in all. We started in the UK and it was quite expensive. On one child we have to spend between 15,000 and 20,000 pounds sterling and we are talking about the cost of operation alone. “We are not talking about flight, accommodation, and feeding. We were forced to seek an alternative in Israel where it is less expensive and we are able to touch more kids. All the same, it is still expensive.”
He said he was touched by the plight of parents and children in the country who do not have the advantage that he has, hence his desire to bring smiles on the lips of more victims of heart-related ailments.