Picture of Your Heart Gives Hope to Children with Heart Defects
Philips has cooperated with the Children's Heart Foundation (CKV), one of the most effective non-governmental organizations of Turkey in children’s heart health field, for the new awareness project, “Picture of Your Heart”.
Istanbul, Turkey –Royal Philips(NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), With the Picture of your Heart project, the importance of early diagnosis and proper treatment are highlighted within the realm of heart diseases.
During Heart Health Week on April 12,2018, Haluk Karabatak, Philips Turkey, CEO and Prof. Dr. Tayyar Sarıoğlu, the Chairman of the Children's Heart Foundation, participated in the Picture of you Heart project where videos and real life stories were shared to shed light on the occurrence of heart diseases.
Çınar and Ibrahim, the heroes of our project, give hope to many children with heart defects…
Haluk Karabatak, Philips Turkey, CEO said, “Philips is a brand that has been carrying out its activities in Turkey for 88 years. Today, we are putting together many heart awareness projects in the field and converting them into practice.
We have devoted ourselves to people’s health and we are always here to support our consumers with technological products and services that we manufacture in this field. Heart health is quite an important field for us.
Haluk Karabatak,Philips Turkey, CEO
Philips Turkey and Heart Projects
During our ‘Little Hearts’ Project that we started in 2015, we have performed heart scanning of children in the Southeastern Anatolia Region in cooperation with the Ministry of Development, GAP (Southeastern Anatolia Project) Administration and Turkish Heart Foundation. Moreover, with the ‘Voice of Your Heart’ project that we have put into practice with Philips employees at the end of 2016; we have drawn attention to individualized heart health. On the other hand, with the ‘Picture of Your Heart’ Project, we are creating awareness for children cardiology.
We have established the ‘Picture of Your Heart’ Project in cooperation with the Children's Heart Foundation to draw attention on congenital heart diseases, raise awareness for families on this subject and emphasize importance of early diagnosis and proper treatment.
Our project is inspired from the story of Çınar, a ‘Children's Heart Foundation’ Volunteer. He is a child who was born with congenital heart disease. At a very young age, he had gone through so many surgeries. Despite this, Çınar loves his heart and sees it as a zoo with animals playing around in it.
Picture of Your Heart Heroes
The other hero of our Project is 25-year-old Ibrahim, who was diagnosed with heart disease when he was only 30 days old. Ibrahim has held onto life strongly with the surgeries he had in early ages and the treatments administered to him at such a young age.
We have no doubt that the stories of Çınar and Ibrahim shall give hope to many of our children with heart defects.
Haluk Karabatak,Philips Turkey, CEO
I would like to thank every single one of The Children's Heart Foundation Volunteers Çınar, Ibrahim and their families for the support they have given us during the creation of this project and for being role models for people with similar cases. We are so happy for our cooperation with the Children's Heart Foundation within the scope of the ‘Picture of Your Heart’ Project. Also, I’d like to thank Prof. Dr. Tayyar Sarıoğlu, the Chairman of the Children's Heart Foundation, and the special members of the Children's Heart Foundation for their ongoing efforts all throughout the project.”
Prof. Dr. Tayyar Sarıoğlu, the Chairman of the Children's Heart Foundation, said: “As seen all over the World, cardiovascular diseases constitute more than half of the deaths in our country. Every year, approximately 200 thousand people lose their lives because of cardiovascular diseases in our country. On the other hand, congenital heart diseases are seen in approximately one of every one hundred births both in our country and in the World.
For more on the stories of Çınar and Ibrahim, look into the videos in this link.
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