Heart surgery

6-year-old girl finally underwent life-saving heart surgery after waiting 3 years


Cape Town – A 6-year-old girl with a hole in her heart has had new life since she underwent life-saving heart surgery after waiting three years.

Chenille Nimrod, who had been on the waiting list for heart surgery for more than three years, underwent life-changing surgery to repair the hole in his heart in early September this year.

“I am so happy and grateful that my child has finally had the surgery we have been waiting for since 2018. She is doing well and looking healthier. I would like to thank everyone who made this operation possible and everyone who made it a success, ”said Natasha Nimrod, Chenille’s mother.

Nimrod told The Star yesterday that her daughter was diagnosed with congenital heart disease (CHD) in 2018 after the three-year-old suffered from severe constipation and complained that her heart was beating too fast.

“It was then that they discovered there was a hole in her heart,” said the mother of Komani, formerly Queenstown, Eastern Cape.

6-year-old Chenille Nimrod finally underwent life-saving heart surgery earlier this month, after waiting 3 years. Supplied.

Chenille Nimrod, who had been on the waiting list for heart surgery for more than three years, underwent life-changing surgery to repair the hole in his heart in early September this year.

“I am so happy and grateful that my child has finally had the surgery we have been waiting for since 2018. She is doing well and looking healthier. I would like to thank everyone who made this operation possible and everyone who made it a success, ”said Natasha Nimrod, Chenille’s mother.

Nimrod told The Star yesterday that her daughter was diagnosed with congenital heart disease (CHD) in 2018 after the three-year-old suffered from severe constipation and complained that her heart was beating too fast.

“It was then that they discovered there was a hole in her heart,” said the mother of Komani, formerly Queenstown, Eastern Cape.

The successful operation was made possible thanks to a partnership between the Pelo Foundation and the Busamed hospital group. The foundation is a non-profit organization that raises awareness and fundraises for children with coronary heart disease to receive treatment.

“I am very happy that we were able to carry out the operation successfully, as this was the first child to be operated on as part of this project. Our goal is to help as many children as possible – if we receive the necessary financial injection immediately.

Normally, children can be on the waiting list for about two years. I hope there will be many entities that will come and collaborate so that we can help save more lives, ”said Dr Michael Janson from Busamed Hospital in Paardevlei, Western Cape, which was part of the team that carried out the operation.

As the first beneficiary of the Pelo Foundation, Chenille was for many years one of 200 children on the Eastern Cape Department of Health’s waiting list for cardiac treatment.

The operation was carried out just weeks after the Pelo Foundation launched an awareness campaign to help save children in South Africa who are in serious need of heart surgery and related treatment.

“Currently there are five other children in the Eastern Cape who are in desperate need of medical intervention. These children include a seven-year-old boy from Mdantsane who was born with severe left pulmonary artery stenosis, and a six-year-old boy from Bloemendal who was diagnosed with perimembranous interventricular communication (PmVSD) and was on the roster. waiting for seven years.

“Also on the list is an 11 month old baby boy from KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage, who was born with Down syndrome; a four-month-old child from Sidwell, whose complications include stunted growth, recurrent respiratory tract infections from lung congestion, and a 20-month-old who is in desperate need of cardiac treatment, “said Dudu Leshabane , spokesperson for the Pelo Foundation.

Leshabane added that if these children, all born with serious heart problems, do not receive immediate medical intervention, they could suffer further health complications or even die.

“Due to the burden of disease in South Africa and the scale of the problem, the Pelo Foundation is raising awareness of the plight of children in need of treatment and intervention for coronary heart disease,” Leshabane said.


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