Former India Cricket Team skipper Sunil Gavaskar has raised money to fund heart surgeries of almost 600 underprivileged children. Notably, Gavaskar is a part of the Heart to Heart (H2H) Foundation, who provides aids to heart surgeries of young children.
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The surgeries will be done by the Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals in India. They recently completed the milestone of performing over 10,000 surgeries since 2012, all free of cost. Meanwhile, out of these, H2H Foundation funded 400 surgeries including 34 funded exclusively by Sunil Gavaskar.
The former cricketer recently travelled various places during his tour to the US to raise fund for the free surgeries. Speaking on the same, Gavaskar seemed thankful for the immense response he has got in the last few days.
“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 tour has received an encouraging response across New Jersey, Atalanta, Fermont California, Milpitas – San Francisco and the latest gathering in Chicago that took place this week.
India have an acute problem in heart diseases with over 250 children dying each day due to the absence of skilled pediatric care and financial constraints faced by economically challenged families. Sunil Gavaskar also signed a bat as a token of acknowledgement who came forward to help the children.