Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund was launched a year back with the basic ideology of ensuring that no person dies of a heart disease just because of their economic background. Any person suffering from heart disease, in need of surgical intervention and who cannot otherwise afford treatment can apply for the benefits of the fund by calling its helpline number+919958771177.
Speaking on the occasion, Padma Shri Awardee, President Heart Care Foundation of India and the Honorary Secretary General of IMA, Dr KK Aggarwal said, “The incidence of congenital heart diseases is very high in India. In fact every year 1.5 lakh children are born in India with a congenital heart defect, a condition that is curable if surgical intervention is done at the right age. Similarly rheumatic heart disease is a chronic heart condition caused by rheumatic fever that can be prevented and controlled. We at Heart Care Foundation of India believe that through the right kind of awareness, timely intervention and financial support, majority of the heart diseases can be prevented and cured. We have successfully saved over 300 lives in the past year through the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation of India and our aim is to double this number by the second year. We thank the Malik family for all their support.”
Advances in diagnostic methods and treatment modalities have greatly reduced the mortality associated with congenital heart diseases or rheumatic heart diseases in the developed countries. Surgery has also become much safer. But, in a developing country like India many patients, especially from the underprivileged section of the society die, as they still do not have access to treatment facilities.
In the past one year, Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund has successfully helped 279 patients from the underprivileged section of the society. It has supported surgeries of 103 patients and averted surgeries of 176 people. The breakup of the surgeries includes 43 CHD, 18 Valve Replacement, 11 Stent, 14 Bypass surgeries, 4 pacemakers and 10 Angiography. All surgeries were performed at the best hospitals of Delhi NCR. 38 surgeries were done in Medanta – The Medicity, 42 surgeries were done in National Heart Institute, 7 surgeries were done in G.B. Pant Hospital, 4 surgeries were done in in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, 3 surgeries were done in Fortis and 9 surgeries were done in All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Addressing the audience, Mr Deep Malik, Advisor of the fund said, “The fund is an initiative of the Heart Care Foundation of India started in memory of my brother Sameer Malik, an unfortunate victim of a sudden cardiac death at a young age. The Foundation was launched with the aim to ensure that no person dies of a heart disease just because he or she cannot afford treatment. I congratulate Dr. KK Aggarwal and his team for helping save the lives of 300 patients. We hope that we can continue to save many more lives in the future”
The helpline number +919958771177 for the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund is open from Monday to Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM. Individuals who wish to apply online can download the application form from the website, http://heartcarefoundationfund.heartcarefoundation.org/. An expert committee comprising of notable individuals would assess all applications received by the fund. Once sanctioned, the funds would be directly deposited in the bank account of the medical establishments treating the patient.