Coverage of Expenses for Cardiac Surgery of Uninsured Children in Need
Coeurs pour Tous Hellas
The Foundation “Coeurs pour Tous Hellas”, is a branch of the international Foundation “Coeurs pour Tous”, established in 1998 in Geneva by Professor Afxentios Kalangos to assist children in need, who suffer from heart disease. The purpose of the Foundation is to support children with congenital or acquired heart disease, boosting their potential for a normal life. In Greece the team of “Coeurs pour Tous” foundation conducts surgical operations at the “Mitera” Obstetrics and Surgery Centre in Athens.
With a track record of activity throughout the world, including participation in numerous humanitarian missions, Dr. Kalangos and his medical colleagues aim at training local doctors and establishing regional cardiological centres for the care of children with heart disease coming from underprivileged backgrounds.
The Foundation supports this effort and, through its funding, secured partial coverage of costs for examinations, implants and medical expenses for three children whose surgery took place in the summer of 2016.
Some indicative figures:
- In Greece, annually, 800 - 1,000 children with heart disease – typically a third of them newborn – require immediate cardiac surgery. 35% of these children are uninsured.
- In 2016, 59 children with heart disease were examined and operated free of charge by Professor Afxentios Kalangos and his team of Greek doctors. Hospital fees and materials for the surgical interventions were covered by “Coeurs pour Tous Hellas”.