Chinese Red Cross Foundation launches free surgery initiative for 1,056 Xinjiang children with heart conditions

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20th April 2024 – (Xinjiang) The Chinese Red Cross Foundation (CRCF) has embarked on a mission to provide free surgical treatments to 1,056 children suffering from congenital heart diseases (CHDs) in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. This program is part of a broader effort to address health disparities in the northwestern part of China.

From 24th March to 18th Paril the CRCF, in collaboration with top hospitals from Shanghai, Beijing, and the provinces of Henan and Shandong, deployed six teams of medical specialists. These experts conducted screenings for CHD across 14 different locales in Xinjiang, identifying over a thousand children eligible for surgery funded by the charity.

Bei Xiaochao, chairman of the CRCF, highlighted the ongoing commitment to the region, noting that the initiative has already facilitated CHD screenings for more than 15,000 children in Xinjiang. Furthermore, many have already received the necessary surgeries at no cost.

Ning Bin, the vice director of the Central Hospital Affiliated to Shandong First Medical University, shared insights from the field. According to Ning, the hospital has swiftly commenced treatment, with 19 young patients already transported to Shandong where they are undergoing surgeries free of charge.