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Today Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexis II visited the Bakulev center of cardiovascular surgery
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexis II has called on compatriots not to buy foreign football clubs but to invest into Russia, for instance, to help people with cardiovascular diseases. Today the head of the Russian Orthodox Church visited the Bakulev center of cardiovascular surgery. According to the Patriarch, this is the best center in the world. "It has reanimation and rehabilitation departments and a polyclinic and plans to build a sanatorium. This monument will go down in history," Alexis II said. In his words, hospitals and churches built before the revolution keep serving people. Having finished a service in the cardiovascular center's church, Alexis II pointed out the importance of combined body and soul treatment. "About 500 children were baptized here. Many of them still come to this church for spiritual support," he said. Patriarch Alexis II was decorated with the Bakulev gold medal "for the outstanding contribution into spiritual and enlightening activities," said Leo Bokeria, the center's head. "Last year we operated over 3,000 children and most of them need both medical and spiritual support," Mr. Bokeria said. The patriarch attended the reanimation and intensive care departments and met with the center's heads. However, the meeting with patients of the children's surgery department was the main purpose of his visit. In the first ward he met with girls aged 4-12 with congenital heart diseases. They always keep small icons on their tables. The Patriarch asked them about their health and said a few encouraging words to each child. All little patients of the cardiovascular center were presented with stuffed toys, dolls and sweets. "I came here on International Children's Day to meet with these kids and cheer them up. You always think of the children and preserve their precious lives," Alexis II told the center's leaders.
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