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LEHHC being a difference in children’s lives



This year marks the 7th year since the United Nation adopted Mandela Day, making it an internationally recognised day, in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy, with the emphasis and objective ‘to make the world a better place’.


While Mandela Day is not a holiday, Lenmed Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre (LEHHC) supported The Mercury Hibberdene Home, a South Coast Home which provides underprivileged children with seaside holidays they would otherwise never have the opportunity to experience. This week, the home will welcome 120 children from poor families for an environmental camp. Hospital manager Niresh Bechan said, “In supporting the Mercury Hibberdene Home, we want to make a meaningful difference to less fortunate children’s lives. It’s heart-warming to give back to our little ones and have a positive influence to their lives.”


While LEHHC considers the deserving children, this centre is also making a remarkable difference to children, in that they are the only private hospital in KwaZulu- Natal that offers the much needed services for paediatric cardiac surgery. In additional to this essential paediatric service, it may be the only one to offer such a variety of paediatric sub-specialists based at one facility, setting the bar for this modern child- centered healthcare facility. These well-trained and experienced sub-specialists include Peadiatric Cardiologists, Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Paediatric General Surgeon, Paediatric Neurologist, Paediatric Nephrologist, Paediatric Hematologists, Paediatric Pulmonologist and Paediatricians.


This Paediatric centre of excellence is the brainchild of LEHHC manager Niresh Bechan. “It was critical for the province to have this service because all paediatric cardiac cases had to otherwise be referred to Johannesburg and Cape Town. This meant displacing families and moving children away from their environment to access this service,” said Bechan.


The paediatric cardiac surgery has been driven under the auspices of internationally renowned, veteran paediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, Professor Rob Kingsley. According to Professor Kingsley, there is no complete and adequate paediatric cardiac service in KwaZulu-Natal and by not threating infants and children, these paediatrics are being denied a normal life. Professor Kinsley, who beliefs in collegiality, has been supporting LEHHC team, headed by adult and paediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Darshan Reddy. His multidisciplinary team includes, cardiologist Dr Himal Dama and Foetal Medicine Specialist Dr Ismail Bhorat.


Taking care of all the other Paediatric needs are Paediatricians Dr Vinesh Moodley and Dr Thanusha Naidoo; Paediatric General Surgeon Dr Ash Maharaj; Paediatric Neurologists Dr Yavini Reddy and Dr Rajeshree Govender; Paediatric Haematologists Dr Keshnie Moodley and Dr Nicolene Moonsamy; Paediatric Nephrologist Dr Elaene Naicker and Paediatric Pulmonologist Dr Medeshni Annamalai .


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