Sunil Gavaskar raises funds for 600 kids’ heart surgeries

Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has won millions of hearts after he started supporting over 600 life-saving heart surgeries for underprivileged children. He is now an integral part of the Heart To Heart foundation.

The surgeries will be performed by the Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals, which recently performed as many as 10,000 surgeries since 2012 for free of cost.

So far, 400 surgeries were funded by the H2H Foundation in 6 months, including 34 sponsored by Sunil Gavaskar himself.

“It’s has been a great opening innings to the multi-city USA tour to support free heart surgeries for children in India and I am very thankful for the overwhelming participation by many across several cities,” said Gavaskar.

“The Sathya Sai Sanjeevani hospitals in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Haryana have performed over 10,000 surgeries and catheter interventions since 2012, all totally free of cost. Sadly, over 36,000 children are registered and still waiting for treatment. Many will not live long if left untreated,” said C Sreenivas, chairman of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals.

In August, the H2H Foundation launched “Freedom from CHD” initiative for spreading and creating awareness and participation for free heart surgeries.

The US tour has got some good positive responses from New Jersey, Atalanta, Fermont – California, Milpitas- San Fransisco and Chicago.

With Inputs From PTI.