Remi, six months and Muhamad, eight months, whose lives were saved by Healing Little Hearts


A UK charity that has treated around 1,700 children with heart problems across the world will be setting up a one-week medical camp in Gujarat, India, from October 12 to 19.

The same week, Healing Little Hearts (HLH) will also run two concurrent camps – one in Vijayawada and the other in Karachi, Pakistan.

The Gujarat camp will be headed by Dr Ramana Dhannapuneni, who recently received the Healthcare Hero Award from the British Heart Foundation.

Dr Dhannapuneni said: “I am so excited in taking a medical team to Surat for HLH first ever camp in culturally vibrant and progressive Gujarat. It is an honour and privilege to be able to serve the children in Gujarat and train the local team.

Dr Ram with his little patients at a Healing Little Hearts camp to Prathima Institute of Medical Sciences in Karimnager, India October 2018

“There are many poor children in Gujarat who sadly do not have access to open heart surgery. We will be able to save more children’s lives if donors come forward and sponsor a child or one of our camps.”

Founded by consultant paediatrician Dr Sanjiv Nichani in 2007, HLH’s mission is to help children in the poorest countries. So far, they have operated on 1,795 children across 11 countries.

HLH plans to send medical teams to Uganda and Malawi in the near future.

Nichani said: “I hope our fundraisers continue to support HLH so we can continue our missions and extend our global outreach – children are our future.

“HLH would like to thank our many supporters in the Gujarati community for their support over the years. Our aim is to reciprocate this support with regular camps to Gujarat”.