Gavaskar raises money for over 600 child heart surgeries
Former Indian cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar who won Indians’ hearts with his incredible contribution with the bat during his days has pulled off something great off the field now.
Gavaskar who is an important part of the Heart to Heart (H2H) Foundation, is now supporting as many as 600 life-saving heart surgeries for the poor children in India.
The heart surgeries will be done by the Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals in India itself, which recently accomplished the incredible milestone of performing over 10,000 surgeries since the year 2012. Quite interestingly, all of those surgeries were done absolutely free of cost.
Of these surgeries, 400 of them were funded by the H2H Foundation in a short stint of six months, including 34 surgeries exclusively funded by the legendary Sunil Gavaskar.
“It’s has been a great opening innings to the multi-city USA tour to support free heart surgeries for children in India and I am very thankful for the overwhelming participation by many across several cities,” added Gavaskar.
The absence of expertised pediatric care and financial constraints faced by economically backward sections of the society lead to over 250 children dying daily in India owing to Congenital Heart Defects (CHD).
“The Sathya Sai Sanjeevani hospitals in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Haryana have performed over 10,000 surgeries and catheter interventions since 2012, all totally free of cost. Sadly, over 36,000 children are registered and still waiting for treatment. Many will not live long if left untreated,” said C Sreenivas, the chairman of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals.
It was only last month that the H2H Foundation launched “Freedom from CHD” campaign for spreading awareness and participation for free heart surgeries, starting with the multi-city tour captioned “Bat-for-Life”.
The tour received a tremendous response across New Jersey, Atalanta, Fermont California, Milpitas – San Francisco and the latest gathering in Chicago happened this week.
As a token of respect to those willing to bat alongside him to provide a “gift of life” to a needy child in the crisis, Sunil Gavaskar signed a bat each.