Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery

The Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery

The Salam Centre is run and managed by the Italian based humanitarian organisation EMERGENCY.
Since April 2007, the Centre provides high standard, free of charge paediatric and adult cardiac surgery.

Little Gaida

Being four years old makes one really too small to enter an operating theatre, to have your blood pass through a heart and lung machine and to have your heart stopped "for extraordinary maintenance". Four years is really to small even for a quantity and a quality of teeth that give way for a friendly smile, however many people talk Gaida’s ordinary living conditions.

We have treated patients who are much younger than her, but never for conditions as serious as hers. A ventricular defect made her blood circulate in the wrong direction damaging in her respiratory circuit and putting pressure on her heart. Monday 14th January, at the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery, in Khartoum, little Gaida and her mess of braids finally left the operating theatre.

The following morning she was woken up and she began to breathe on her own without the ventilator. At midday she was a bit like a zombie after watching cartoons. In the end she started to grumble: yes, she is definitely on the road to recovery! Even the anaesthetists, nurses, surgeons who had continually been in and out of her room, can finally stop "passing by just in case".

Gina, Soba

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