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Stage 1 of 'Heart Warriors' has just been filmed (July 2018) in Ethiopia at the childrens cardiac centre thanks to the support of donators to the project and logistic support from Chain of Hope. An incredible experience to witness the medical team saving so many children and working non stop.
NEWS - Occlutech have stepped in to support the project through sponsorship which will allow the production to continue onetime and on track. All future donations via this website will be given directly to Chain of Hope.
Stage 2 will be more filming at the Evelina Hospital with Professor Qureshi and interviews with other medical staff and those that have had surgery.
Stage 3 will be the editing process and screening of the documentary with an invited audience including the donators to the project.
Demo clips from Ethiopian shoot
For the last year I have wanted to make a documentary about a very special individual and his work in cardiac surgery. Professor Qureshi came into my life when it was discovered by him that my daughters heart had serious issues. He saved my daughters life and during the many months of hospital I became to realise how important his work is and the teams working with him that save so many childrens lives. I became aware of his mission work overseas and his commitment to training others to help save children in developing countries. As a filmmaker I feel it is my duty to tell his story and those around him and the incredible work he has done through his career and with charities.
The documentary will follow him on a mission to Africa where he works in training medical staff and saving childrens lives suffering with various cardiac complications. The story will be a personal journey for me and I hope to gain a real insight with Professor Qureshi in understanding his work, his passion and the difficult decisions he has to make and most importantly why he has dedicated so many years to charity missions overseas. We get news clips, sound bites and short stories about these amazing people and their work but never get to understand them as individuals and why it's so important.
with Jessie my daughter
WHAT IS THE TIME SCALE OF THE PROJECT
It has taken a few months to meet with and logistically organise the permissions I need in order to film and travel to Africa.
23rd - 31st of July
filming in Ethiopia
Sept - Oct
Filming in Evelina Hospital London
Oct - mid Nov
End of Nov
First public screening
OUTCOMES OF THE PROJECT
A variety of screenings to be organised in hospitals across the UK. (this may require raising an additional small fund to support it)
To be offered to medical Universities to inspire students.
To be given to selected charities that support heart conditions.
To be shared globally with organisations and medical centres.