Mumbai: Dr Zainul Hamdulay from Mumbai who specialises in heart surgery and a cardiac surgeon, has ‘broad heart’ for poor families who cannot afford operations and medical treatments. In the holy month of Ramzan, he has gathered a good amount of fund to help in best way.
Hamdulay has raised around Rs 3.37 crore till date for heart-related surgeries of around 700 poor patients, which include 100 bypass surgeries, 100 angioplasties and 500 angiographies.
To fulfil his dream of helping poor, he has joined hand with Milaap, India’s largest crowdfunding site. At present, he is performing his duty as director of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at Global Hospitals in Parel, Mumbai.
Giving details about his “do-good” project, the cardiac surgeon told Hindustan Times, “Using the best stents on the market brings the cost of an angioplasty up to a lakh. A bypass usually costs Rs 2 lakh and an angiography costs around Rs 15,000. Our foundation has tied up with Milaap, India’s largest crowdfunding site, to raise money so the underprivileged or those below the poverty line can avail of treatment for free.”
Hamdulay Heart Foundation is helping several people for medical treatment and this is the first time where he is keen to raise a large amount of fund.
“Since its inception in 2010, the foundation usually manages to raise around Rs 1.5 crore over the course of a year, but this is the first time we are trying to raise so much in just a month,” he said.
“I set up the foundation in memory of my mother, who was at the forefront of several social initiatives. She wanted me to do something to help the poor. This is my way of giving back,” added Hamdulay.
Just in 3 weeks, foundation has raised sum of Rs 5.10 lakh for the noble cause. Some of the contributors are donating Rs 500 to Rs 10,000 as a support to this campaign.
Patients have to approach Hamdulay Foundation for proper checkup to avail the subsidised cardiac surgery. Last year, it funded 263 surgeries for poor because of the donations they received from people.