On February 13, 2020, Director of the Heart Institute, Professor Borys Todurov, participated in the presentation of the book “Instruction for a Secondary Heart” by Tamsyn Murray (Artbooks publishing house) at the Novopechersk School of Kyiv for students of 9-11 grades. Actually, the presentation of the book on love and transplantation began at the Heart Institute. And the first one was received by 16-year-old Zhenya, who is awaiting a donor heart (at the age of seven the boy lost his dad who couldn’t get a donor heart he needed) in the walls of the clinic.
“The purpose of the event was to promote transplantation and organ donation among society in simple and understandable words – through literature, because it is very important to talk to society about this socially important topic, which, unfortunately, still has a low level of trust in Ukraine,” stated the organizers of the event, which became the public organization “All-Ukrainian Donation Platform iDonor and the publishing house Artbooks, while the event itself was timed to February 14 – Valentine’s Day and International Book Donation Day. The event was moderated by well-known journalist Iryna Zaslavets, founder of the All-Ukrainian Donation Platform iDonor.
Speaking to the youth audience, Professor Borys Todurov said, “… Why are we talking about this? To have your own opinion, your own civic position … For example, a transplant promotion program in America starts from kindergarten when children are not yet able to read … If we do not promote donation, tell people what the process is, why it is needed, then, unfortunately, the donation will not work. ”
At the end of the presentation, everyone in attendance was able to sign a valentine card for the boy, Zhenya, who is currently awaiting a heart transplant at the Heart Institute. On February 14, Professor Borys Todurov is personally handing him the greetings and wishes.