Vrindavan, September 10th, 2014: Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI), a leading national non-profit organization committed to making India a healthier and disease free nation announced the launch of free heart care for the poor children of Vraja. In a ceremonial launching of the project, at Gambhira in Jai Singh Ghera Vrindavan, jointly with the local environmental organization Friends of Vrindavan, in presence of many dignitaries of the brajwasi, saints. Priests and the residents, Padmashree Dr. K.K. Aggarwal, President of the HCFI declared that the project aimed at providing technical and financial support to all those people living in Vraja bhoomi who belong to economically weaker sections of the society and can’t afford treatment for heart disease. This initiative is taken under the Sameer Malik Heart Care Fund, a project of the Heart Care Foundation of India. All surgeries will be done in leading hospitals in New Delhi and stay for patients will be provided at concessional rates.
Blessing the event Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami, Founder Trustee, Friends of Vrindavan and sevait of Shri Radha Raman Temple said that the project aims to work towards eliminating blue babies from Vrindavan. Medically, a child suffering from cyanotic congenital heart disease is termed a blue baby. However, in the holy town of Vrindavan the color blue is worshiped as a representation of Lord Krishna depicting consciousness and vastness. Then why must children in Vrindavan succumb to heart disease just because they cannot afford treatment? Through this project, all people suffering from heart ailments, who otherwise don’t have the means to undergo surgery, will be provided assistance through the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund.
Speaking about the initiative, Jagannath Poddar, Director, Friends of Vrindavan and Mukesh Gautam, the chairman of the Vrindavan Municipal Council said in a joint statement, “It is our privilege to be associated with such a humane cause. We hope that together we can help not just the people in Vrindavan but all across Vraja. We truly believe that every person has the right to live a healthy and happy life irrespective of his or her religion, caste, gender or economical condition”.
An expert committee assesses all applications received by the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund. Once sanctioned, the funds are directly deposited in the bank account of the medical establishments treating the patient. Heart Care Foundation of India has also negotiated minimal rates with leading hospitals in the capital city for surgical treatments.
Two children having the heart problems were registered in the first day. Swami Maheshananda Saraswati thanked the organizers of the project on behalf of the Vrindavan community for taking up such a noble cause.
Radha Krishna Pathak, Swami Sevananda Brahmachari, Dr. Chandra Prakash Sharma, Dr. Om ji, Rajesh Kishore Goswami, Munesh Sharma, Acharya Badrish, Dr. Devendra Chaitanya Brahmachari, Dr. Rakesh Haripriya, Pt. Damodar Shashtri and many other dignitaries were present during the launching of the project.