The “adopt a rebellious heart” initiative promotes children’s health

Ivory Coast. Adopt a rebellious heart is a continuation of a project developed with a view to international cooperation aimed at promoting children’s health: the “Cœur Rebelle” project is a medical health program aimed at the most vulnerable Ivorian population and aims to “flush out” the rebellious hearts that can be the main cause of numerous premature deaths.

Ribelli Hearts is a project strongly desired by the president ofnon-profit association A Voice for Padre Pio Enzo Palumbo, who in the help of these weak and vulnerable groups, in the children of this area, sees the realization of the purpose and the very purpose of the association. A mission operating in a country, the Ivory Coastwhich has a latent healthcare system that is lacking and can be used mostly by a small elite of the population because it is paid for.

“With this project, in a country where the percentage of infant deaths, severe malnutrition cases and avoidable deaths after an early diagnosis, we wanted to guarantee the right to health and life that belongs to every human being, fundamental principles and essential to every life. Rebel Hearts was and is one project started at the same time as the inauguration of the “Le aradis de Padre Pio” Medical Center in Bonoua, in Ivory Coast, on April 2, 2022, and where the first step of this project took place for three days, i.e. site screening of the population in collaboration with the professor Guido Oppidohead of the Department of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Monaldi in Naples, the doctor Claudia D’Andrea, cardiologist in Santobono and the doctor Kiran Mixar, general practitioner at Humber River Hospital in Toronto, Canada. The result of this screening left us all speechless: out of the 150 cases brought to the attention of the medical team by the local social services, 75 were assessed as urgent, for which life-saving measures are essential, and unfortunately the site cannot be operated on. Solerti, we moved to reactivate the humanitarian health corridor, suspended due to the pandemic, to transfer cases of maximum urgency to Italy.

Thanks to the collaboration between the Italian Ministry of Health, Monaldi Hospital in Naples, Gemelli Hospital in Rome, Gaslini Hospital in Genoa, Padua Hospital, Princesse Grace Hospital in Montecarlo, all this has been possible.. On May 15, the 3-year-old Little Mahewa (accompanied by his mother), with his arrival in Italy, with the consequent immediate admission to the Monaldi Hospital in Naples, began a series of transfers that will be completed in mid-2023. Mahewa , with Down syndrome and suffering from VD interventricular defect was successfully operated on 23 May 2022 at the hospital Monladi of Naples, by Professor Guido Oppido and his team. Now the post-operative process awaits her to be able to return to the Ivory Coast, forever forgetting her rebellious heart.” – explains Enzo Palumbo ofOng A Voice for Padre Pio.

“Now, however, there are still 74 other cases, another 74 children to be transferred and helped, otherwise destined to become little angels! There are many expenses to be faced: plane tickets, expenses for the stay in Italy, expenses for medical care, intended for the very young children to be accompanied by their mother.

We are asking for your help, friend and benefactor, to adopt this Rebel Heart! Help us realize this small miracle… The cost of the intervention, around € 30,000.00, is borne by our Ministry of Health. The following will remain at our full expense: flights, hospitality (food and accommodation) during periods outside of hospitalization. These costs are estimated at € 5,000.00. Support us by donating €5,000.00 and adopting a Rebel Heart. Become the godfather / godmother of this little angel, you can follow, meet and get to know all the way here in Italy and concretely feel your help and support given. Let’s help them!! these rebel hearts need you!” – points out.

Iban: IT 85 Z 03069 09606 100000 019720
Reason: Adoption of Rebel Heart

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