Many of us may not be aware of the need for a Pediatric
Cardiac Department - that the need for this arises from the
fact that nearly two and a half lakh children every year are
born affected with congenital heart disease. Of these over
90% of the children belong to lower socio economic strata
where ignorance, lack of information & lack of facilities
alone claim many lives.
This scenario prompted MIOT Hospitals to establish MIOT
Centre for Children's Cardiac Care in March 2007, headed
by a group of specialists in neonatal surgery and invasive
Within a month of the inception we realized the need to
reach out to children in need and to provide them care in an
emergency as and when necessary.
Dr. Robert Coelho and his team started off with camps in and
out of Chennai and identified children who needed immediate,
urgent, emergency care. After having done the first ten
surgeries free of cost, MIOT Hospitals realized the need to
ensure that more children should at all times receive such
care and we should be able to carry forward our mission to
provide free heart surgeries for children for years to
CHIME - CHILDREN'S HEART INTERNATIONALE MIOT
In the same year on September 2007 CHIME was born. CHIME
began its operation as a Charitable Trust established by
MIOT Hospitals to provide funds for free heart surgeries for
needy children suffering from congenital and rheumatic heart
Though MIOT performs several free and subsidized surgeries
we realize that we need assistance from other sources to
sustain the effort. Thus CHIME was born. CHIME has been
launched to build a bridge between you and them.
Soon CHIME organized free camps in and around South India to
identify underprivileged children with congenital heart
disorders and conditions whereby they are in need of
immediate or imminent heart surgeries.
CHIME also organizes Free Heart Camps at MIOT Hospitlas MIOT Hospitals once
a year on Children's Day when children can walk in and take
advantage of a free check up, investigations and perhaps
even extend to have free treatment depending on their
socio-economic status. CHIME reaches out to different
districts to conduct camps to identify children, dispel
fears and superstitions and pave the way to a healthy life
for future generations.