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Helping Tibetan children get new hearts, new lives

2019-11-28 10:42:00China Tibet Online

On November 21, Sita, vice president of the China Association for Preservation & Development of Tibetan Culture, and Jin Dapeng, executive chairman of “One Heart: China Hearts”, a large-scale medical welfare program, came to the Children’s Hospital Affiliated to the Capital Institute of Pediatrics to visit two Tibetan children with congenital heart disease from Medrogungkar County, Lhasa City, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

It is reported that in May of this year, “One Heart: China Hearts” organized medical workers to Lhasa for free clinics. While screening 480 primary school students at Tangjia Township Hope Primary School in Medrogungkar County, 8-year-old Losang Chozon and 13-year-old Tseten Dekyi were diagnosed with congenital heart disease. On November 14, they were brought to the Children’s Hospital Affiliated to the Capital Institute of Pediatrics for surgery.

According to hospital staff, Losang Chozon has successfully undergone the operation on November 18 and recovered well. She will soon be discharged after further observation.

Since the "One Heart: China Hearts" program launched in 2008, more than 20,000 medical volunteers have been sent throughout Tibet and Tibetan-inhabited areas in Sichuan, Gansu, Qinghai, and Yunnan provinces to carry out various public health and welfare activities and to offer free surgical treatment for thousands of children with congenital heart disease.

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