Day 8: Thankful Thursday – Ram Dhannapuneni

Meet ‘Ram the Man’! This year, Ram has treated many children across the world through Healing Little Hearts, a children’s charity, that funds trips by medical staff to perform cardiac surgery on children in remote areas who otherwise wouldn’t have access to treatment. He recently returned from his 30th trip!

He has also previously saved many lives here at Alder Hey, including the life of Sophia. She had a PDA (Patent ductus arteriosus) when she was younger, meaning a blood vessel that connects the pulmonary artery to the heart did not heal as intended after birth. A heart operation, performed by Ram, was required to save her life. Now, at 9-years-old, she competes in dancing competitions and is doing really well! She also has a special message for the man who saved her life.