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Back from Togo after a short mission for the French humanitarian association :Mécenat chirurgie cardiaque -Enfants du Monde
After two days of consultations with about fifty children, seriously ill for some of them,it's a delight before leaving to meet these two ones in a market, breathing the joy of living.

They are thousands throughout the world suffering from serious cardiac malformations. Whatever their origins, infectious or congenital, these diseases generate serious disabilities and can lead to death. Very often only a surgical treatment can save these children.

In France, the team of Mecenat Chirurgie Cardiaque Enfants du Monde concentrates all its efforts to find all the generous wills for bringing life to these children. Our aim is to save more and more children all over the world.

Mecenat Chirurgie Cardiaque Enfant du Monde summons up all its energies in favour of disadvantaged children suffering from heart disease. Whenever these children cannot receive the appropriate medical assistance in their country of origin (for technical or financial reasons), we take care of them by financing their operation and their stay in France (which lasts approximately 6 to 8 weeks). We do everything possible to allow them to go back home cured and, finally to live normally.

Concerned with perpetuating this action, we have developed our contacts abroad in order to specially train local surgeons. Once trained in Paris, these doctors/physicians return to their country of origin. In this way, in a short time, they will be able to take over from Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque and rescue the children in their home country.

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