2007-07-06 / Community

Rockaway Rotary Helps Young Heart Patient

Mohammed and his mother, Naureen, were able to visit the beach and boardwalk in Rockaway during their stay in New York.Mohammed and his mother, Naureen, were able to visit the beach and boardwalk in Rockaway during their stay in New York. The Rockaway Rotary recently hosted a young Pakistani boy who underwent lifesaving heart surgery in New York as part of Rotary International's Gift of Life program. Doctor Samuel Weinstein of the Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx repaired a hole that was growing in the bottom of 2-year-old Mohammed Khan's heart. The procedure happened just in the nick of time, as doctors said the hole would have grown too large to repair in an-other six months. While in New York, Mohammed (seen here) and his mother, Naureen Aqueel, stayed at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Members of the Rockaway Rotary Club helped with their transportation and other needs. "This was a perfect Gift of Life experience," said Mark Dana, the chairperson of the Rockaway club's Gift of Life committee. The mission of the Gift of Life program "is to further the cause of world peace and understanding by facilitating free medical services to children suffering from heart disease and other similar or allied diseases, regardless of race, gender, creed or national origin, and who otherwise would lack access to such services." The Rockaway club tries to host at least one such child every year, Dana said.

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