Point of Departure:
During my days as a professional soccer player, I always felt a need in my heart to take care of seriously ill children. Pondering how to do this, I met with a nurse who was working in the children’s ward of the DHZB. She introduced me to many children who were all fighting against some of life’s worst diseases: sever heart defects, cystic fibrosis and many more. Nurse Heidi brought me together with Prof. Dr. Roland Hetzer, the Medical Director of DHZB. Together we have collaborated on ways to relieve the children’s suffering, at least for a few moments. In cooperation with RTL, I have already personally donated and delivered gifts to the children, and have spoken with their parents. Now the Arne Friedrich Foundation will carry on and strength the partnership with the DHZB.
The first days after severe surgeries are not easy. There are a lot of things to take care of. Most importantly thereby is that the patients are able to breath independently. The problem with artificial air supplied by a tube is the hygienic aspect. Despite of all care there is always a possible risk involved, i. e. lunge infections.