Dubai: Fifty children from conflict zones and underprivileged backgrounds born with heart diseases will get free life-saving heart surgeries by a healthcare group in the UAE in a special celebration of business tycoon Yusuffali MA’s five decades of impactful presence in the country.
The unique initiative paying homage to the life of the Lulu Group International’s chairman and commemorating his contributions to humanitarian causes has been announced by his son-in-law and a healthcare leader in the country, Dr Shamsheer Vayalil.
The founder and chairman of Burjeel Holdings, a healthcare services provider in the MENA region, Dr Shamsheer on Monday, New Year’s Day, announced the philanthropic initiative to undertake 50 life-saving heart surgeries for children, particularly those from conflict zones and underprivileged backgrounds.
Dr Shamsheer is married to Dr Shabeena Yusuffali, the eldest daughter of Yusuffali and the vice chairperson of VPS Healthcare.
“Inspired by a deep sense of compassion and respect for Yusuffali’s unwavering dedication to humanity, Dr Shamsheer is leading the way in championing this initiative,” the statement said.
The 50 heart surgeries are aimed at children with congenital heart diseases and will be carried out in specialized hospitals under the umbrella of Burjeel Holdings, spanning the UAE and Oman, and his hospitals in India. Typically, the surgery required to address congenital heart disease comes with a high cost, making it financially challenging for many parents.
Explaining the rationale behind the initiative, Dr Shamsheer stated: “The humanitarian movement is integral to our family ethos. In honouring Yusuffali, we seek to mark a unique celebration by dedicating ourselves to supporting children. Through these 50 life-saving surgeries, we aspire to generate opportunities that inspire children to dream beyond limitations and overcome challenges.”