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René Prêtre

Is a Swiss surgeon specialized in heart surgery for children.
He studied medicine at the University of Geneva, practiced in New York, England, Germany and France before returning to Switzerland to work in the Children’s Hospital Zurich specializing in pediatric heart surgery, transplant, heart defect and in reconstruction of some cardiac valves.
On January 9, 2010, he is crowned «Swiss Person of the Year 2009 ».
Since August 2012, he has been a Professor at the University of Lausanne and  Chief of the Cardiovascular Surgery Division of the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV).

“You probably remember this short sequence on our airwaves making us aware of the antipersonnel mines problem. Two children were looking at their peers playing football. The camera was afterwards moving away of their faces, panning back and then appeared their legs, amputated below the knees. On the ground, two improvised prosthetic devices.

The Digger foundation works to prevent those shattered lives and happiness – to prevent these broken childhood -. So beautiful and noble action deserve our admiration and all our support.”