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9 out of 10 heart surgeries successful at Parirenyatwa in February alone

by Staff Reporter
22 Feb 2017 at 17:13hrs | Views
Nine children born with heart deformities have undergone successful corrective surgeries at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals this month following the resuscitation of open heart surgeries last year.

Ten children most of them born with heart deformities or a hole in the inner wall of the heart were operated at Parirenyatwa Hospital this month.

Nine out of the 10 surgeries were successful while one child, an 11-year old, failed to make it.

Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa visited the children before they were discharged and the ecstatic parents could not hide their joy.

A cardiothoracic surgeon who is leading the team conducting the surgeries Dr David Chimuka said the operations have been possible through support from Korean doctors.

Minister Parirenyatwa commended the team for their dedication saying many people who could not afford to go outside the country for treatment are benefitting from the initiative.

Since the official resumption of open heart surgeries in Zimbabwe in February last year, a group of 23 patients underwent open heart surgeries and out of the 23 surgeries, one was unsuccessful.

In August, a group of 16 more patients comprising 13 adults and 3 children also underwent surgery and 15 were successful.

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Source - ZBC