Child healthcare: four children successfully undergo surgery!

Michele Archange, Ettien Hughes, Penda, Michael and Ange Karen were born and are growing up in different African countries. They suffer from heart malformations, and their families cannot access the medical procedures they need. With our support, and the help of Orange volunteers, Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque was able provide care for them. Four of them have already had operations and are now in good health!

Michele Archange with his host family after his operation.
Michele Archange with his host family after his operation.

Since 2005, we have taken actions to improve the health of children under the age of 5 and vulnerable mothers in Africa. We support health facilities on the ground but also Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, which provides care for young African children undergoing surgery in France due to heart malformations.

In October, four children successfully underwent surgery. Michel Archange, Ettien Hughes, Penda and Michael arrived a few days before their operation. They then went to stay with their host families in France to recover. Once they have fully recovered, they will leave to be reunited with their parents and finally enjoy a normal childhood.

Orange volunteers got involved to offer the children a warm welcome with families in France. Thierry, the training department manager in Bordeaux, was one of these volunteers: “Being a host family for Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque means making a small contribution to a chain of solidarity which can save a child. It’s an extraordinary human adventure.”

Thierry Auriel volunteer Orange Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque


    >>> Some news about the children who had operations

  • Little Michele Archange, 3 years old, went back to Cameroon on 24 October. There were no issues after surgery, and he was able to make the most of his recovery period.

  • Ettien Hugues Kamanan, 6 years old, from Côte d’Ivoire successfully underwent surgery at the Haut Lévèque hospital in Bordeaux. There were complications following surgery, by he was finally able to leave the hospital on 16 October to return to his host family. He is now in good health and the results of all the post-surgery tests have been positive.

  • Little Penda Sow, 1 year old, received emergency surgery two days after arriving at the Jacques Cartier private hospital in Massy, near Paris. Everything went well, and after a few days in the hospital and the recovery centre, she was able to join her host family before soon returning to Senegal. She took her first steps a few days ago.

  • Little Michael Biyaruhanga, 2 years old, arrived on 11 October from the Democratic Republic of Congo and successfully underwent surgery on 20 October at the Marie Lannelongue surgical centre in Plessis-Robinson.. He is currently resting at the Château des Côtes recovery centre to recover from his operation.

Ettien Hugues, Michele Archange and Penda.

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