- The Regional Health Minister stressed that Catalonia has a public, free and universal health service, with the best internationally recognized medical teams, but that 90% of people from developing countries who have cardiovascular diseases do not have access to this type of heart operation. ‘It is lucky that Catalan foundations exist with top-level teams devoted to helping them’.
- The aim of the dinner is to raise funds to permit the CardioDreams Foundation to be able to continue performing heart operations on people from developing countries.
Barcelona, 10 June 2016.– The CardioDreams Foundation’s second charity dinner was held yesterday in the Sant Pau Modernist Complex. The event brought together 200 people and included the presence of Mr. Comín, the Regional Health Minister.
Benchmark doctors in cardiology, heart patients, the pharmaceutical industry, public institutions, and other personalities came together again this year to support the CardioDreams Foundation, a non-profit organization whose aim is to offer high-quality heart operations to people without healthcare from developing countries.
The Regional Health Minister indicated that in Catalonia ‘we have a public, free and universal health service, with the best internationally recognized medical teams, but that 90% of people from developing countries who have cardiovascular diseases do not have access to this type of heart operation. It is lucky that Catalan foundations exist with top-level teams devoted to helping them’.
Dr. Ruyra, Founder and President of the CardioDreams Foundation, explained that the aim of CardioDreams is to operate, each year, on more people who cannot access this type of operation which can save their life. ‘It is important not to forget that cardiovascular diseases are the first cause of death worldwide, causing 3 out of 10 deaths, and that there are millions of people who suffer from them and do not have any kind of healthcare’.
Also present at the dinner was Tsering Bhuti, the first patient operated on by the CardioDreams Foundation. This 39-year-old Tibetan woman suffered from an advanced rheumatic heart valve disease and was grateful for the great opportunity that the Foundation had given her. She was operated on last April in the Centro Médico Teknon with the collaboration of La Casa del Tibet and the help of several companies from the cardiovascular sphere. Bhuti also appealed to publicize her disease caused by a lack of suitable healthcare in her country and the difficulties that other patients like her have to access life-saving operations. She likewise requested help so that others affected like her can have the same opportunity.
The CardioDreams Foundation is a non-profit organization promoted by Dr. Ruyra in 2014. Its aim is to help people without healthcare possibilities from developing countries to access high-quality surgery in order to save or improve their life.
The CardioDreams Foundation’s surgical team is formed by qualified professionals specialized in cardiovascular diseases from various centres who have performed over 5,000 surgeries.
Director of La Casa del Tibet, Bhuti Tsering, Regional Health Minister, Mrs. Montero (Director, CardioDreams Foundation), Dr. Ruyra (President, CardioDreams Foundation).
Director de la Casa del Tibet, Bhuti Tsering, Hble Conseller de Salut, Sra. Montero (Directora Fundació CardioDreams), Dr. Ruyra (President Fundació CardioDreams).
Chef Nandu Jubany.
Actors Enric Majó y Pep Munné.
Mr. Portabella, Mr. Gaig, Mrs. Oranich, Mrs. Montero, Regional Health Minister, Mr. Wangchen, Dr. Ruyra, Mr. Prats and Dr. Rius.