Children's Heart Project - 1998

With the generous contribution of the proceeds of the 1998 Dinner and Dance event we were able to purchase and donate pediatric cardiac surgical instruments worth over $ 10,000.00 to the Children’s Heart Center at the National Hospital in Colombo.

The children of Sri Lanka, with heart defects and diseases, and their parents, are thankful for your support. They greatly appreciate your generosity. The project and the children thank each and every one of you who responded to our fund raising appeals.

Since the inception of the Project in 1990, our accomplishments are:

Ø  17 missions.

Ø  Purchase of over $ 20,000.00 worth of surgical instrument that were donated to the pediatric cardiac program at the National Hospital in Colombo.

Ø  Donation of 2 refurbished Heart-lung perfusion machines valued at$ 50,000.00.

Ø  Purchase of 10 optic loupes for the cardiac surgeons National and Jayawardenapura Hospitals. Each valued at $1,500.00.

Ø  Purchase of a new State of the art Heart-Lung perfusion machine, valued at $85,000.00.This was possible due to generosity of SLMANA West and another benefactor.

Ø  Donation of an $ 185,000.00 SONOS 5500 HP Echocardiography machine with the assistance of another Foundation (founded by a Sri Lankan in England).

Ø  Shipment of over $2.5 million worth of donated and purchased medical and surgical supplies and medicines for the cardio-thoracic surgical units, cardiac catheterization laboratories and cardiac unit.

Ø  Help in the opening of a Children’s Heart Center at the National Hospital in Colombo.


Sri Lanka has a birth rate of 18.16 per 100,000 populations. The incidence of heart defects are 8 to 10 per1000 live births. Hence with the population now close to 20,000, 000 the number of children born with heart defects in Sri Lanka is estimated around 2500 per year. Of these about 1500 per year will need surgical or catheter intervention. Many of these defects if corrected at the appropriate time will affect a cure and will enable these children to be contributing adults than be a burden to society. Many of the families of these children do not have the financial means to pay for surgery. They depend on the National Health system or the generosity of others.


Prior to 1990 less than 50 open heart procedures were done at General (National) Hospital in Colombo. Now with your support and generosity and the progress made by the Project a 500 pediatric surgeries per year can be done at the National Hospital in Colombo.


The Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital in Colombo has a Cardiac subspecialty Unit. With the leadership of the Director, Dr. Jayantha Wimal and the cardiologist Dr. Narenthiram a project proposal to set up a Specialized Pediatric Cardiac Center at the Children’s Hospital has been initiated. This will greatly expedite the diagnostic and surgical procedures which are currently done at the National Hospital. Funding is needed to supplement government involvement.