PATHANANTHITTA : An impressive beginning has been made to the Save A Life (2011-12), cardiac surgery project, of the Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka (MGOME), Muscat.
So far about 13 applications have been received for request regarding providing financial aid for the poor with heart ailments, says Dr Saji Philip, clinical and administrative co-ordinator of the St Gregorios Cardio-Vascular Centre.
Addressing a joint press conference along with Rev Fr James Geevarghese, Vicar and President, Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka, at the Pathananthitta Press Club last week, the reputed pediatric cardiologist and epileptologistc said the Cardio-Vascular Centre will be holding cardiology camps in several parts of Kerala like Chengullum, Kannittode, Sultan Bathery in the coming weeks to filter out the genuine cases.
Fr James Geevarghese said as the church enters 40th year, the Maha Edavaka as part of its popular charity project called ‘Thanal’ wants to provide financial aid to minimum 40 children through the project.
Dr Saji said the patients have been asked to come with letters of recommendations from their respective vicars for faster processing of their applications. Other than the 40 children, there is also a proposal to extend the aid to 10 more deserving adults with complicated heart ailments, he said.
A middle-aged lady had been surviving on a pace maker for a long time. She will be able to undergo by-pass surgery by coming to came to know about the camp, explains Dr Saji Philip.
Members of the Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka (MGOME), Muscat now on vacation in Kerala were also present at the press conference.
Fr James is also utilizing the Kerala visit to complete the formalities of handing over of home keys to the owners under its successful Thanal project of providing home for the homeless during 2010-2011.
The cardiac surgery project will be executed in association with St Gregorios Cardio-Vascular Centre. The international centre provides training and research for cardio thoracic and vascular diseases. The centre functions from the St Gregorios Mission Hospital, Parumala.