Ventilator to Lady Ridgeway Hospital

The DOT Charitable Foundation NSW would proudly like to announce that the project to donate a Ventilator to Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital Colombo, Sri Lanka has been completed successfully.

The Ventilator was handed over to the Nursing Sister in charge of the High Dependency Unit of the Lady Ridgway Hospital, Mrs K.L Pushpamalaon 14th March 2012, by Champa Udawela.

Dr Anoma Perera (Consultant Anaesthetist), Dr Mithrajee Premaratne (Consultant Anaesthetist), Dr Duminda Samarasinghe (Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist), Dr Shehan Perera (Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist), Dr Jayantha Dayasena (Paediatrician) and nursing staff together with well wishes attended the function.

This great achievement was made possible as a result of each of you supporting the fundraiser events such as take away lunch packet sales/cash donations /purchase of raffle tickets. With your generous help The Foundation raised AUD 19,877.25 and purchased a new Ventilator at a cost of AUD 17,448.00 (LKR 2,336,020.00), with the favourable foreign exchange rate at present. The balance funds will be used for their next project.

One of the main limitations to perform more surgeries each day was the lack of ventilators. This donation will make a huge difference in providing more timely surgeries for all the sick hearts who are awaiting cardiac surgical correction. With this additional ventilator roughly 15-20 more surgeries can be performed each month.

"Update from the hospital: On the 15th March the Ventilator was first used on a 2 1/2 year old baby who underwent corrective major cardiac surgery for a heart condition. Ideally this surgery should have been done when the child was less than a year"

The generosity, love and affection shown towards all these sick children were very much appreciated by the entire Cardiac and Cardiothoracic team at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital.

The DOT Charitable Foundation delivering a special THANK YOU note for everyone who helped the project.