The Burden and Pain of Congenital Heart Diseases (CHD) on children and their families is a cruel and unfortunate reality of our times. Sadly, it is the commonest disease at birth in India and its curative care is inadequate and often inaccessible. With close to three lakh children born every year with CHD and prevalence of 25 million of the population with CHD, Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals was established in November 2012 to share the National and Global burden of CHD. With the ‘Vision of Right to Healthy Childhood’, the Hospitals provide all treatment totally free of cost irrespective of caste, religion, and nationality.
‘Healthcare’ is complete when treatment of disease is accompanied by the understanding of its causes. It is with this motive that the ‘Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Research Centre for Congenital Heart Diseases’ has been established.
The Centre aims at unravelling the possible causes of Congenital Heart Diseases through Advanced Human Genomic Research. The Center shall procure samples of CHD patients and families from across the Group of Sanjeevani Hospitals which will make it a Centre having the largest Biobank in the country for CHD. Apart from becoming a state of the art facility for Research in CHD, the Centre will draw its uniqueness by having the pure intention of solving this unfortunate reality without commercialising and providing all services totally free of cost.
With the blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, “Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Research Centre for Congenital Heart Diseases” was dedicated to the Service of Humanity by Sri Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister, Government of Haryana on June 07, 2018.
Bhagawan along with the entourage reached Palwal Hospital at 3 p.m. and had a brief interaction with Sri Manohar Lal Khattar, the Chief Minister of Haryana. Along with Chief Minister, Bhagawan went on a Hospital Tour and blessed all the patients and staff.
Thereafter, He inaugurated the ‘Dattatreya’ statue and proceeded for the Inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Research Centre for Congenital Heart Disease. A short presentation was made to the Chief Minister at the Research Centre, where Dr Prabhata Rashmi, the Clinical Research Coordinator explained about the genomics lab and the research which would be undertaken by the scientists. The Chief Minister saw the various labs at the Centre, and along with Bhagawan performed the inaugural blood sample run in the centrifuge machine.
Everyone proceeded to the event area, where children were handed over the ‘Gift of Life’ certificates, and a grandmother of one of the children narrated emotionally the story of the child, and how she firmly believed that Sai Sanjeevani was a temple, and not a Hospital!
Bhagawan spoke about the importance of research, and also reminded everyone that a spiritual heart is the residence of the divine. The Chief Minister started his speech by offering his love to Bhagawan who was seated in His subtle form. He mentioned that while there are many children who are born with CHD, and it is necessary to have institutions like the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital and Research Centre.
Post-programme, Bhagawan along with His guests went to the Research wing yet again, and He guided the research team on the methodology of the research, and shared deeper insights of conducting genetic research for solving congenital heart disease. He repeated consistently that any number of hospitals won’t solve this problem unless the root cause is understood, and therefore the effort should be to find a solution before a baby is born. He said that with sincere efforts within few years, the research team would be able to get breakthrough results. Doctors and scientists shared their journey of joining the Sai Sanjeevani healthcare mission which was either a miracle, or a coincidence or like one of the Doctors said, ‘Sai-incidence’. They vividly narrated their own story of transformation, and there was not a single dry eye in the room, thus concluding a very important day in the mission of Sai, and in His own words, “This is a. great contribution to the children of the world, and a very important initiative in Swami’s mission.”