Would you like to help build a hospital wing for critically ill children? The Little Hearts project is supported and endorsed by the Sri Lanka College of Pediatricians (SLCP). They are collecting funds to construct the much needed Cardiac & Critical Care Complex at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH).
It is estimated that over 3,000 children are born with CHD in Sri Lanka per year. Every year, over 40% of these children do not have appropriate and timely access to the treatment they direly need. Congenital Heart Defects are the most common types of birth defects and with the proper treatment at the correct time, Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children (LRH) will be able to save the lives of more children with the ailment. LRH is the only tertiary care referral centre for children with congenital heart disease and critical illnesses in the country.
Over 40% of children with heart disease are waitlisted, annually. Over 60% of critically ill children do not have immediate access to intensive care. Though LRH is exceptional in its service and the treatment rendered to its patients, they are in dire need of expansion to be able to provide extensive and timely care for children in need. The LRH cardiology team’s efforts have pushed the hospital’s capacity for treatment of children with heart disease from 15% to 60% in just a few years, earning them the BMJ Medical Award for Cardiology Team of the Year in 2015. Their ambition is to push the limits even further until they reach 100% – which is to be able to provide quality treatment to all children in need of cardiac and critical care.
However, there is no more room at the hospital to accommodate more patients and it can treat a limited number of children with CHD annually. The number of children in need of treatment is far greater.
The Lady Ridgeway Hospital needs 2 billion rupees to expand to extend their treatment and service to a larger number of children who are critically ill. By building a ten-storey Cardiac and Critical Care Complex of LRH, the LRH can save 200,000 critically ill children in Sri Lanka over the next 20 years.
The Cardiac and Critical Care Complex is a government-approved project deemed a national priority. You can save thousands of little hearts by pledging towards the building fund.
The Cardiac and Critical Care Complex is a ten-storey hospital wing which will be built on Lady Ridgeway Hospital grounds in Colombo. The building will feature cardiac operating theatres and it will increase the number of cardiac ICU beds from 18 to 40, include over 100 medical and neonatal intensive care beds, as well as the areas for advanced cardiac investigations and staff training facilities to provide optimum care for all children.
WAYS TO DONATE
Donate As A Gift
Instead of presents, gift a donation in your loved-one’s name. Click here to visit the website and to donate.
You can help raise funds by conducting your own fundraisers towards the project or donate online here.
Donate LKR 100 Monthly
Dialog and Hutch users: Subscribe to a monthly LKR 100-donation plan by texting REGLH to 77100
Donate Via SMS
Dialog and Hutch users: Send a one time SMS donation of any amount: LH<donation amount> to 77100
Donate at Keells Super: Visit any Keells Super store and request to donate any amount to Little Hearts.
Via Bank of Ceylon
Bank: Bank of Ceylon
Account Name: Little Hearts
Account Number: 79738633
Branch: Borella Supergrade Branch
Account Type: Current Account
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