Touching Hearts

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The Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAN) has enlightened and touched people with their display of art at a photographic exhibition named ‘Art From Heart’, held on the hospital grounds, which displayed their work through their Hospital’s HealthCare Outreach program.

Dr Brad Smith is among a group of doctors and nurses from the SAN who spend their holidays travelling to some of the worlds most impoverished places to save lives. These volunteers have travelled extensively where they perform heart surgery on babies who are born with congenital heart conditions. 

“What is quite nice is when you get back the next year and some of the patients will bring their child, or they’ll come back under their own steam to see you, and you have the memory of someone who was quite disabled (now) walking in in what looks li

 
 Mr Russell Lee & Dr Leon Clark opening exhibition.  

Dr Smith, who is a specialist anaesthetist has been to Rwanda four times since 2007 and participated in four other trips to Fiji and Mongolia.

“What is quite nice is when you get back the next year and some of the patients will bring their child, or they’ll come back under their own steam to see you, and you have the memory of someone who was quite disabled (now) walking in in what looks like rude health,” said Dr Smith.

The inspiration came from the television show M*A*S*H, but the volunteers have been called the zipper club because of the zipper-like scar the babies are left with.

The SAN’s HealthCare Outreach program celebrates its 25 years, helping more than 3200 patients in 12 countries.  

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