To support child heart patients during hospitalisation through recreational and artistic activities allowing them to express their emotions and face their fear of surgery.
- Roughly 15 children and adolescents per day, aged between 2 and 18, awaiting outpatient examination on the heart surgery ward of the Federico II University Hospital in Naples before and after hospitalisation.
The project provided an artistic workshop for hospitalised child and adolescent heart patients awaiting outpatient examination. The Heart Workshop was conducted in the waiting room of the heart surgery ward of the Federico II University Hospital. The activities were coordinated by a painter and also included the siblings and parents of the young patients. Today the Heart Workshop enjoys a good reputation within the ward, including among medical staff: patients are often directed to it by the doctors and nurses themselves.
The association Un Cuore per Amico was founded in 1993 by the parents of children suffering from congenital heart disease. It provides psychological, logistical, economic and legal assistance and specialist medical advice to the families of the young in-patients on the heart surgery ward of the Federico II University Hospital in Naples.
Fondation Alta Mane supported Un Cuore per Amico in 2011. Since 2012 the project has been supported by Fondazione Alta Mane Italia.[/fusion_tab][/fusion_tabs]