I am a Consultant Congenital Cardiac Surgeon at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Liverpool, UK. I have over 12 years of experience in Congenital Cardiac Surgery and 22 years of experience in Cardiothoracic surgery. My special interests include neonatal; complex intra cardiac and bi-ventricular repairs; pectus and chest wall reconstructive surgery and humanitarian surgery.
I have been associated with Healing Little Hearts Charity for a decade now; led 24 camps and performed nearly 250 operations with the charity. I enjoy every camp and like going to new places. Healing Little Hearts provides a sense of fulfilment in life by being able to use my skills to save the lives of poor children across the globe. I immensely benefit from the camps by learning new things, improving my surgical skills and innovating surgical techniques as per the resources, networking and making new friends. I also enjoy the teaching elements of the camps and very much interested in developing sustainable local care delivered by the local teams in deprived areas of the world.
I am the trustee and lead cardiac surgeon for the charity. In September 2019 I was awarded “British Heart Foundation’s Health Care Hero 2019” and the “Life Time achievement award from TAL (Telugu Association of London)”.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”
My journey with Healing Little Hearts began in 2014. It was here I was given the opportunity to truly make a difference and help people. Being a nurse for over 30 years and having volunteered on 10 camps, I realised I could give more to this wonderful charity.
My core task is to help put teams together – forging long standing relationships with medical and nursing volunteers and also those in our partner hospitals. I look after the patient database to ensure we comply with governance.
I also assist with social media and website as well as support our fundraisers.
I joined Healing Little Hearts in 2016 and have been leading the expansion of the charities reach in East Africa. My aim, which I share with the charity, is to set up a Congenital Heart Centre in Kenya. I am passionate about the work being carried out in Kenya by our medical teams. Being a Kenyan this holds a special place in my heart.
Our medical teams in Kenya have made significant strides over the last few years. We have completed 7 missions and our last 3 were combined open heart and interventional catheter missions – a rare feat but representing the ethos of how a congenital heart service should operate. We have so far seen more than 500 patients and carried out more than a 100 operations with outcomes comparable to any western centre despite the complexity of cases.
I am a consultant at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool and my training in congenital cardiology has been across the three London centres – Great Ormond Street Hospital, Royal Brompton Hospital and Evelina London Children’s Hospital. I am also part of the medical board which discusses complex cases seen by Healing Little Hearts which need to be operated in other established centres.
I joined the Healing Little Hearts Committee in 2013 having attended Healing Little Hearts fund raising events since its formation in 2007. I saw first-hand how its mission to save lives of children galvanised the passion and generosity of the people in Leicester and the trajectory in the number of lives it was able to save, year after year. I wanted to contribute to this.
My role is to raise funds to enable highly dedicated and immensely skilled medical teams to go to camps around the world to perform the life saving surgery. The generosity of Doctors and Nurses who are willing to give up their free time (often their annual leave) means that the opportunity to save children is limited to a large extent by the amount of funds that can be raised. As a Committee Member I am involved in fund-raising events such as Balls; submitting funding applications to Trusts and Foundations, profiling the charity and assisting with its strategy and governance.
Whilst Healing Little Hearts has saved over 1000 lives and is expanding into further under-developed countries, it’s ambition (to save the lives of as many children as possible) can only be achieved if substantial funds are continually being raised.
I am solicitor practising in Leicester, married to a Doctor and we have two daughters.