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First Lady Patience Jonathan pays for heart surgery for 800 children



Rabiu Obere from Nasarawa; Sultan Lamidi from Lagos; Salamatu Abdulsamad from Kano; Noah Ezeilo from Imo and Sita Omago from Akwa Ibom, are among the more than 800 children that First Lady Patience Jonathan’s NGO, The A. Aruera Foundation, paid their medical bills to undergo heart related surgeries in India.

While receiving the last batch of the children from India, Dame Jonathan expressed her gratitude to God for the safe return of each child, noting that since the process started in 2013, no death has been recorded.

“We have treated more than 800 patients with no record of casualty; I’m happier than you, the parents” she said

She disclosed that a 250-bed hospital facility edicated to the treatment of children with heart related diseases was under construction and would soon be commissioned.

“We are partnering with our international friends from South Korea, India and America who will run the hospital.’’

One of the beneficiaries, Miss Aisha Aliu, thanked the first lady on behalf of all the other children “I thank you for saving my life, for your contribution towards my heart surgery, may God bless you ma”

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