TIME FOR MATTERS OF THE HEART AS SURGEONS PROVIDE LIFE-SAVING CARDIAC OPERATIONS IN UKRAINE
Just prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine Chernobyl Children International (CCI) led a team of international surgeons to deliver life-saving operations on babies and children in Ukraine. It was due to the rising political tensions in the region at the time, a calculated decision was made to bring this mission forward by five months. The vital CCI cardiac mission helped children who are suffering from a range of heart defects, including the condition “Chernobyl Heart” and has been named the “Operation Valentine” as it coincides with this special celebration.
The mission saved the lives of 30 children through lifesaving surgery which is funded by CCI. There is a genetic condition known as “Chernobyl heart “ which affects thousands of children in Ukraine and Belarus caused by radiation from the disaster in 1986. The mission was funded by Liz’s and Noel’s fundraising lunch each year. Despite the risky situation in Ukraine, at the time, the mission went ahead. “We were fortunate to complete the mission”, said Liz, as well as expressing serious concern for the safety of those children at present.
Read more here on the Chernobyl Children International (CCI) website