Rotary felicitates its partner hospital Fortis on completion of 300 heart surgeries

Rotary Club of Chandigarh recognized its partner, Fortis Hospital Mohali’s contribution on the completion of 300th heart surgeries at the Hospital.

In a function organized in the hospital, Past Rotary International President Rajendra K. Saboo, who had initiated the project, complimented the management of Fortis for their fruitful partnership that helped save the lives of 300 children since 2006.

“Let no child suffering from any congenital cardiac disease, die for want of money,” was the commitment that the Rotary Club had made way back in 1999 when it initiated the project as ‘Gift of Life’ and later on renamed it as Rotary Heartline, informed Mr Saboo.

Rotary Club Chandigarh’s president Vivek Gupta informed that the Club had PGI as its initial partner hospital, and later in June 2006 the Fortis Hospital Mohali was also included as partner in order to have the infant patients operated..

Front Row: (L-R) PDG Kawal Bedi, first lady Promilla Gupta
Mrs. Usha Saboo, Club Secretary ID Shukla,
President Vivek Gupta, District Governor Manmohan Singh
Our Partners in Heartline
Fortis CEO Mr. Aditya Vij with Regional Director
Col. H.S. Chahal, Facility Director Mr. Abhijit Singh,
Medical Director & Regional Medical Advisor
Dr. Gurbir Singh

Though the Rotary Club of Chandigarh has so far saved 457 lives since the start of the project in 1999 under leadership of the then club President PDG Rtn. Kawal Bedi, 300 surgeries were conducted in Fortis alone since 2006, added Rotary’s past district governor Madhukar Malhotra.

Thanking the Rotarians for giving Fortis the opportunity to be a part of the noble cause, Mr Aditya Vij, Chief Executive Officer, Fortis Hospital commended the team of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery led by Dr. T.S. Mahant and said that working with Rotary Club had been a great privilege since it was also in complete alignment with the corporate philosophy of Fortis which late Dr. Parvinder Singh, its founder chairman, proclaimed, “"To create a world-class integrated healthcare delivery system in India, entailing the finest medical skills combined with compassionate patient care."

Mr. Vij also announced that Fortis Hospital shall sponsor the free heart surgeries of three children to support the Rotary Club's efforts. 

Past Rotary International President Rajendra K. Saboo and club president Vivek Gupta presented a commemorative plaque to Mr Aditya Vij and his team from Fortis as a mark of gratitude on the completion of 300th heart surgeries.

Fortis CEO Arvind Vij, Dr. T.S. Mahant, Past Rotary International
President Rajendra K. Saboo, District Governor Manmohan Singh,
Rtn. Tapishwar Kumar and team Fortis with some of the
children who received the 'gift of life' under Rotary Heartline Project. 

Recalling the first few  surgeries in 2006, Dr. T.S. Mahant, Director, Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery said that the 11-months old Junaid from Karachi, Pakistan was one of the first few infants who was brought in critical stage and was operated successfully.

Since then there had been children from Pakistan, Malawi, Uganda, Nigeria, and Rwanda besides from various parts of India have been successfully operated, irrespective of their country or creed, through the efforts of Rotary Club of Chandigarh, which had been raising money to fund the project from amongst themselves and the community.

District Governor of D3080, Rtn. Manmohan Singh, handed over gift hampers to the patients who had been operated under the programme.