MagdiYacoub delivers a speech at a ceremony for launching his new campaign - Press photo
CAIRO – 22 September 2019: Renowned Professor of Cardiothoracic surgery Magdi Yacoub said that the foundation stone of a heart center in Cairo will be laid soon. The center will provide cardiac care.
In an interview with Egypt Today, the Egyptian-British cardiothoracic surgeonsaid that an inauguration ceremony of the Cairo center will beheldin January 2020, and will beattended by a large number of parliamentarians, senior doctors and statesmen to support the center and urge Egyptians to donate.
The MagdiYacoub Global Heart Foundation launched a campaign in May to raise fund for the new center.
A set of remarkable scientists and public figures took part in the campaign such as Professor MagdyIshak, and Egyptian Ambassador to the United States Yasser Reda, among others.
The MagdiYacoub Global Heart Foundation supports Aswan heart centre in Upper Egypt and is raising funds for the future MagdiYacoubglobal heart centre in Cairo.
Besides providing urgently needed cardiac care, the centers impact the region and continent by advancing scientific understanding through research and building human health capacities with training programs.
The new center will cost an estimate of $150 million and will include 300 beds, hence expected to upgrade network care capacity from 33,000 to 140,000 outpatients and from 4,000 to 17,000 inpatients annually.
Moreover, the training capacity will grow from 550 to over 2300, dramatically increasing the sector’s workforce.
Yacoub was among the first three surgeons to perform an open heart surgery in Nigeria in 1974. In 1986, he was part of the team that developed the techniques of the heart-lung transplantation at the National Heart and Lung Institute.
He also led a British research team at Harefield hospital in 2007, aiming to grow a part of the human heart using stem cells. These efforts were all exerted in order to overcome the shortage of heart transplant donations.
Additional reporting by AmrKandil, Fatma al-Bakry
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