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27th Sep 2019
The annual BHF Heart Hero Awards are an opportunity for the British Heart Foundation to recognise individuals and organisations who have helped advance the fight against heart and circulatory disease.
This year the ‘Healthcare Hero’ award has been given to our very own ‘superhero’ surgeon Mr Ram Dhannapuneni, who has dedicated his life to saving babies and children.
The award highlights both his work as an expert Consultant Cardiac Surgeon and his extensive charitable fundraising activities. He has already raised over £60,000 for charities both here and abroad, and dedicates his time and expertise as a lead surgeon for Healing Little Hearts charity in performing hundreds of free heart surgeries, teaching and training in several developing countries.
Ram Dhannapuneni said "it is a great honour and privilege to get this national award from the British Heart Foundation, which recognises and endorses the compassionate care we provide is the best.
All credit goes to the wonderful Alder Hey and the incredible multi-disciplinary staff who help me in delivering extra ordinary care to the children day and night every day. Thanks to the children and parents who have enormous respect and trust in our services and our hospital. A proud moment for me, my family and the Alder Hey team."
Louise Shepherd, Chief Executive, said; "This prestigious national award is thoroughly deserved. It rightfully identifies something we have all known for some time – that as well as being a skilled and diligent surgeon, Ram is also a remarkably compassionate human being and I am so happy that this has been celebrated in this way. Coming as it does on the heels of a recent national report that showed Alder Hey maintaining, for the fourth year running, outstanding outcomes in cardiac surgery, it is true to say Ram is emblematic of an exceptional team. I want to pass on my sincerest congratulations to Ram in particular, and to the cardiac surgery team as a whole, for showing us all what a deep seated commitment to our children and young people can achieve."
Alder Hey Children's Charity