In Israel, many open heart surgeries were performed, and when the number of patients with heart defects began to rise, we started to search for more avenues, with a cost effective price, and the same high quality treatment. This search took us to India where we have many hospitals working with us at present.
In trying to cope with the demanding increase in foreign exchange occasioned by these surgeries abroad, we decided a trial run, by bringing cardiac surgeons and experts to carry out surgeries in our hospitals in Nigeria. The International Children Heart Foundation (Menphis. USA) to come to the University Teaching Hospital Enugu (Nigerian) in 2003. 13 open heart surgeries were performed by a team, lead by Professor Novick and included leading Nigerian doctors in under 10 days.
Despite the loss of three children after the surgeries, we are encouraged by the zeal and enthusiasm with which our Nigerian doctors performed. This is a clear indication that given the right atmosphere, the necessary equipment and infrastructure the procedures currently obtained in India , Israel , and England, these operations can be carried out in Nigeria and the rest of Africa.
The journey to this great signpost has not been easy. We have had to receive those that pass away abroad and see the anguish of their dear ones. Nevertheless, we have had more joy as many celebrate the new lease of life provided to these recipients, to which we give God the Glory. In all, there has been a 98% success rate. Although the Foundation was set up to help children and young adults. we have nonetheless provided medical and surgery assistance to some adults, subject to our set criteria, and availability of resources.