Dr. Devi Shetty has donated five cardiac surgeries to be carried out in India for residents of the Cayman Islands.
Harry Chandi and Gene Thompson, local partners in the Shetty hospital project, will pay for airfare and accommodations in India for patients and a family member.
The announcement about the donation was made at the Heartfelt Christmas Concert on Saturday, 3 December. The concert at the Harquail Theatre, hosted by the Cayman Music School, raised money for the Cayman Heart Fund.
“The Cayman Heart Fund will screen for the most deserving cases and those cases will be flown to India to get the surgery done,” Mr. Chandi said.
Earlier this year, Dr. Shetty carried out a heart surgery for free on a 4-year-old girl from the Cayman Islands who had a hole in her heart.
The Indian heart surgeon has plans to create a medical tourism hospital in the East End district of Grand Cayman. He has also pledged a cath lab to the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town, which is expected to be operational early next year.
Mr. Chandi said Dr. Shetty was offering the heart surgery donations through his Have A Heart programme.
He said patients whose condition was stable enough to allow them to travel could avail of the surgeries.
Dr. Senthil Kumar, a director of Cayman Heart Fund, and dean of Basic Sciences at St. Matthew’s University, said the donation was welcome and would mean local people in need of heart surgery would be able to travel to India with a family member for surgery.