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World Heart Day creates awareness of Congenital Heart Defects in India

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Congenital Heart Defects are the number one birth defect in the world, affecting about 1 in 100 births. Highlighting the plight of such kids and their families, The Child Heart Foundation in association with Select City Walk Mall organized an art exhibition for a cause on the occasion of World Heart Awareness Day. The event was organized by Child Heart Foundation run by parents of children with heart disease solely committed to raise fund for children of underprivileged families for the treatment of their heart ailment.

Patients and their families along with cardiologist and pediatrics of the leading medical institutes gathered to spread awareness about the disease among patient organizations, health and individuals who are unaware of this life-threatening disorder.

Every year, World Heart Day is globally observed on September 29 to inform people about Congenital Heart Defects which are the biggest cause of Child Mortality worldwide. It is the most common Birth defect missed most commonly in utero uation by ultrasound. Each year one million babies are born with congenital heart defects. Ten percent of them do not live to see their first birthday due to lack of treatment. World Heart Day was created to inform people around the globe that Congenital Heart Defects heart disease is the worlds leading cause of death. World Heart Day started in 1999 and is held on the last Sunday of September every year.

Dr. Vikas Kohli “ MD, FAAP, FACC (who is also the chief trustee of the Child Heart Foundation) said: Feeling very happy to see the magic that is happening today with Kids with heart problem drawing with their hearts. We have been helping several children with their diagnosis and treatment of heart disease for several years. Our objective is to address the social problem of heart attacks early in life as heart disease is the commonest birth defect in Children. However, Consistent efforts are required to help these kids who need medical help. Mandarins, local parliamentarians and all of us should come forward and help & donate generously as much as we can.

The Day witnessed a gathering of young children suffering from Congenital Heart Defects, accompanied by their families, with a hope for a better future for themselves. Also, the children from various schools contributed towards this noble cause. The paintings made by these school kids were put on auction, with an idea to donate the money raised from the sale for the treatment of underprivileged kids.

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