HUMANITARIAN DELIVERY CROWN PRINCESS KATHERINE
FOUNDATION TO CLINICAL CENTRE OF SERBIA
EUROBANK DONATES FOUR HOMOGRAFTS FOR PATIENTS
Belgrade, 20 March 2009 - Crown Princess
Katherine Foundation delivered today a donation of ten infusion
pumps to the Clinical Centre of Serbia and to the University
Children Clinic in Tirsova Street. This donation was provided thanks
to the generous support of the Pnoie Foundation from Greece through
the Humanitarian Organization Lifeline Hellas. At the same time
occasion Prof. Dr. Kalangos together with Prof. Dr. Jashari,
President of the Eurobank donated four homograft’. This is the first
time in Serbia four homograft’s were imported for the patients Prof.
Kalangos who will operate during his visit in Belgrade.
Thanks to the initiative of Prof. Dr. Afksendios
Kalangos, Head of Surgery at University Hospital in Geneva, and with
the generous support of Their Royal Highnesses’ friends, Mr.
Aleksandar Niklan, the Foundation of Prof. Dr. Kalangos “Heart for
All”, and with the assistance of the Serbian Health Insurance Fund,
the first operating unit for Congenital Heart Disease for children
and adults was opened in December 2008 at University Children Clinic
in Tirsova Street.
This important centre is the first
multidisciplinary centre for treatment of children and adults with
congenital heart disease at the Institute for Cardiovascular
Diseases of Clinical Centre of Serbia and University Children Clinic
in Tirsova Street. The infusion pumps will be used for postoperative
treatment of patients operated in this centre.
The delivery ceremony for the donation to the
Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases of Clinical Centre of Serbia
included doctors and media representatives. Speeches given by Prof.
Dr. Lazar Davidovic, Director of the Institute for Cardiovascular
Diseases, Prof. Dr Dusan Velimirovic, HRH, Crown Prince Alexander,
HRH Princess Katherine, Prof. Dr. Afksendios Kalangos and Prof Dr.
Ida Jovanovic, Deputy Director of the University Children’s Hospital
in Tirsova. Also present were Duchess Danielle di Royal Bucquoi,
Mrs. Alison Andrews, daughter of Crown Princess Katherine and Mr.
Alexander Niklan, a great friend of the Royal Couple and an
Princess Katherine pointed out in her speech:
“Having in mind that we invested a lot of time and energy into
opening the operating unit for postoperative treatment of patients
with congenital heart diseases, it is my great pleasure to
contribute to the better functioning of this unit with the donation
of infusion pumps that will help in postoperative treatment of
patients. I am grateful to the friends from Greece, the Foundation
Pnoie, which is helping my foundation with medical equipment.”
Professor Kalangos during his fifth visit to
Serbia will operate on four patients, two children and two adults at
the University Children Clinic in Tirsova Street and in the
Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases of the Clinical Centre of
Prof. Dr. Afksendios Kalangos kindly offered
training in the field of cardio surgery to Dr. Petar Vukicevic,
cardio-surgeon from Institute for Cardio-surgery at the Clinical
Centre of Serbia. Doctor Vukicevic will spend one year at the
University Children’s Hospital in Geneva and after that he will come
back to Serbia to use his knowledge on the patients in our country.