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The Best Valentine – A Day for Hearts

February 14, 2008

Flowers and candy aren’t the only gifts being given this Valentine’s Day. Dr.Mani Sivasubramanian is giving an opportunity for people to give the gift of life.

Dr. Mani is heart surgeon who is using his internet marketing business to fund heart surgery for under-privileged children in India. A DAY FOR HEARTS: Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Day is an effort spearheaded by Dr. Mani to highlight to the public the problems posed by Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). He is seeking to bring about increased awareness and demand for CHD issues such as:

  • research funding
  • formation and assistance to support groups
  • education of the general public
  • enhanced standards of care to CHD patients worldwide

According to Dr. Mani’s CHD Info website,

“Congenital Heart Defects are a lethal constellation of birth defects of the heart that affect millions of newborn infants and children worldwide; a killer that claims thousands of lives every year. Eight of every 1000 children born alive (0.8%) will have some form of congenital heart defect.”

Info at his site goes on to say:

“Heart surgery is expensive. Many of his patients, from poor families, cannot afford the cost of treatment. So Dr.Mani decided to try and help sponsor the operations.This was the simple concept behind an online adventure that started in 1996.

Ten years later, Dr.Mani’s team has raised over $100,000 and funded heart surgery in 23 children, with many more to follow. He’s well on his way to achieve an ambitious mission – make high quality heart health care accessible and affordable to every Indian child.

The Dr.Mani Children Heart Foundation is a non-profit entity created to raise awareness about Congenital Heart Defects and to raise funds to sponsor life-saving heart surgery for children from poor families suffering from congenital heart disease.”

If you’d like to give more than just flowers and candy today, you can donate here.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2008 7:05 pm

    This is such a mission of love, and how appropriate to post this on Valentine’s Day! I hope many people will support Dr. Mani’s work.

    It could happen to anyone. My baby brother was born with a heart defect (he’s 49 now), as well as others I know. The children in India, though, may simply have no other hope than this.

  2. February 14, 2008 7:48 pm

    Dave, thank you very much for your support for A DAY FOR HEARTS.

    I deeply appreciate your support.

    All success

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