15 million yuan donated to help children with congenital heart disease

A local charity foundation donated 15 million yuan (US$2.35 million) to Shanghai Children's Medical Center for the treatment and research of congenital heart disease.
Ti Gong / Shanghai Children's Medical Center

Officials from Shanghai Jude Charity Foundation handing a check for 15 million yuan (US$2.35 million) to Jiang Zhongyi, president of Shanghai Children's Medical Center, to support the treatment and research of congenital heart disease.

A local charity foundation donated 15 million yuan (US$2.35 million) to Shanghai Children’s Medical Center for the treatment of poor children with congenital heart disease and to boost research of the disease, officials announced on Wednesday.

Congenital heart disease is the most prevalent inborn deficiency in the nation and a leading cause of infant deaths in China, said doctors from Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, which carries out 3,700 operations relating to the disease every year, the most in the world.

“There are seven to eight among every 1,000 newborn babies who suffer congenital heart disease in China, which sees 120,000 to 150,000 new patients annually,” said Ji Qingying, a hospital official. “Many children from poor families lose the chance for treatment due to financial problems.”

In order to help these children and speed up clinical capability and research on congenital heart diseases, Shanghai Jude Charity Foundation gave the donation to help more children receive surgery and proper treatment, officials said.


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